Thursday 9th May - Day 1: Arrival
After arriving at Nice Airport, you will be met by one of our
guides in the arrivals hall.
Nice is a short 25 minute transfer away, but it will probably
take about 45 minutes with traffic to make it to our hotel in the
small village of Eze. Here you will be reunited with your bike that
we have transported for you.
A couple of hours for a nice Lunch, time to settle in and fettle
your bike... and then we will test the legs with a 50km warm up
ride (and importantly a coffee stop!) taking in the picture-perfect
village of Peille and the climb of Eze, from the Menton side.
Friday 10th May - Day 2: Queen
- Distance: 142km
- Elevation: 2292m
We start today by descending down the Col d'Eze and join the
cycle path to ride through Nice along the sea front. Once past the
airport we swing up into the hills to Vence. A quick coffee here as
we have been climbing since we left the sea front, and then we
tackle the Col de Vence.
This climb in itself isn't hard, but if it's sunny the climb
feels like an oven. The locals call it the Ventoux of the Cote
d'Azur. A fast descent down the back and through the Gorges du Loup
before we climb to Gourdon and our lunch stop for the day.
From here it is a full gas 40km descent back to the coast. Along
the cycle path again into Nice and then one final Coffee at the
famous Café du Cyclist before we take on the last challenge of
climbing back up the Col d'Eze to the hotel.
Saturday 11th May - Day 3
- Distance: 90km
- Elevation: 2320m
Today we explore the tiny back roads of the Cote d'Azur on a
lumpy route into the hills. A few 15% gradients will test the legs
and the small roads are a joy to ride. We take in several smaller,
lesser known Cols on our route over to the Col de Nice.
A stop for lunch and a coffee in a small village and then we
climb the legendary Col de Madone. From the top, a long descent
ensures before our climb back to the hotel.
Sunday 12th May - Day 4: Departure
Time for one last local ride up the famous side of the col de
Madone and a coffee in Menton, before your transfer to the airport.
(nb: itinerary subject to change depending on weather and
other safety factors)