Base yourself in Nice, the vibrant capital of the French Riviera and location for 2020’s Tour de France Grand Depart. Nice Cote d’Azur airport is only a 15 minute drive away, and we can arrange a private transfer to your hotel for you. Spend some time today exploring the beautiful Nice full of artistic flair, or take a spin to St Paul de Vence if you arrive early. If you choose to do the loop ride around St Paul de Vence, take a pair of cleat covers or flip flops and take a wander around town, as the roads into town are cobbled and mainly traffic free.
This ride takes you to the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo, where you can ride the legendary Monaco F1 Grand Prix circuit. The route is tough as you leave Nice and are straight on to the Col d’Eze where you will often see pros as you climb. Upon arriving at the Grand Prix start, if you’re riding in late May or early June, the starting grid will still be painted on the roads. Time yourself as you shoot down the boulevard and up the hill with views of mega yachts sitting in Monaco’s harbour.
You begin with an ascent of the Col d’Eze, the location of the Grand Depart at the 2020 Tour de France and time trial stage for Paris-Nice. You start by looking over Nice and the Maritime Alps before heading round with views over St Jean Cap Ferrat and Villfranche-sur-mer. Then, head on to the Col de la Madone, made famous by Lance Armstrong, but never featured in the Tour de France. The Madone is 13.6km averaging 6.7% but because of its technical nature, there are ramps far above that at every turn.
Say goodbye to Nice and make your way to the airport, or choose to extend your trip. Our packages are fully flexible, so if you would like to have a go at more routes, or have extra time exploring the area please let our team know.
The French Riviera offers cycling for you no matter what your ability. Discover beautiful regions such as Col de Vence, Grasse and easier rides close to the coast through Nice and Monaco. For keen riders, the Rhone Alpes are your playground. Visit the Tanneron and Esterel hills in the west, famous climbs such as the Col D’Eze and the Col de la Madone, in the east or head out even further towards the high Alps.