Cycle the Côte d'Azur with your own guide.
I propose a variety of rides depending on your level and requirements. Sight seeing leisure ride, intermediate or advanced, let me design a bespoke itinerary to suit your level .
I can come to meet you at your hotel, whether you are based in Nice or elsewhere on the Côte d'Azur, all at an unbeatable price.
Bike rental for all levels.
I do not rent bikes personally, but recommend my bike rental partner who have a fantastic range of bikes.
From just 25 euros per day for an alu frame with carbon forks and compact chainring, ideal for the steepest Riviera Cycling climbs.
Full range of carbon framed bikes available.
Details of shop and website given, if required, when booking a guided ride.
Bikes fitted with flat pedals, look keo or shimano spd, so don't forget your pedals if your shoes are not compatible.
If renting we can either meet at your hotel or at the shop.
SIGHT SEEING LEiSURE RIDE, 3 hrs minimum.
MAINLY COASTAL EASY PACED RIDE FOR ALL.
(No need for special cycling clothing or equipment)
Exploring the coast east or west of Nice. Discover such places as Villefranche sur mer, St Jean cap Ferrat, and Monaco, with their beautiful restaurant lined ports and stunning views. This is the kind of Côte d'Azur cycling which gives you an up close look at those places for which the French Riviera is world famous.
Or utilising an excellent cycle path network we could head west, past the worlds super yachts nestled in the stunning port of Antibes to soak up the glamour of Cannes and beauty of the Esterel national park's burnished red hills.
Plenty of time for stops, drinks and snacks, photos, or even a swim if desired.
INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED. 5 hrs,
80km approx, 500 to 2000 metres climbing.
Head into the mountains and climb some of those famous cols or discover the beauty of their less famous neighbours. Up the grande corniche towards Monaco with its breathtaking views of the coastline 500 metres below and the snow capped alpes layed out before you as you round the final bend to the col d'Eze. You will be able to say you've followed in the tyre tracks of the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, (albeit probably not as fast, as he holds the record at 19 mins 12 seconds for the 10 km ascent). Quite astonishing, I think you'll agree, once you've tackled it.
Maybe ride some of the challenging ironman France route over to Gourdon (classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France) offering spectacular views of the Côte d'Azur from its perch at 760 metres above sea level.
Experience the jaw dropping beauty of the plateau de Caussols or take on the world famous col de Vence at just short of 1000 metres altitude.
Alternatively cycle east along the côte d'azur from Nice to Menton and tackle the now infamous col de la Madone, or inland and sample the col de Braus, or another of the cluster of 1000 metre plus cols around the 1607 metres col de Turini.
Riviera cycling :We really are spoilt for choice.
I will share with you the key techniques which will help maximize your performance on the long climbs, many of which are over 10 km long, also giving you ample opportunity to perfect your descending skills.
This time of year warm clothing is required in the mountains despite the beautiful sunshine, mainly for the descents.
Helmet is obligatory.
Bring your own water bottles.
Pedals and/or shoes.
Take energy food and water/electrolytes. (I will show you the location of plenty of fountains en route).
We usually stop for a boulangerie break which is all part of the French experience (good food is very important in France).
Or, if you have chosen an easier ride and want to stop at a restaurant, sample the local cuisine and give yourself a real treat...why not?