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Food

  • All breakfasts are included; we stay near towns with a good selection of restaurants offering delicious food so you can re-fuel after the days cycling. The French and Italian Riviera’s are well known for having a high standard of food.

Activities

  • Adult Group
  • New trip
  • Cycling
  • Cycling: drop bars
  • Guided Group
  • 1

    Start San Remo; free time to sort out bikes and explore the town.

    Start San Remo; we have a free afternoon to explore the town, collect hire bikes and build bikes that have been brought from home. San Remo is the little Monaco of Italy, famous for its flowers, the labyrinth architecture of its old town and its excellent Italian restaurants. San Remo is also well known for being the finishing point of the 298km Milan - San Remo bike race, which this year saw Alexander Kristoff out sprint the favourite Fabian Cancellara to become the first Norwegian to ever win the race. Stay in a 2-star hotel in the centre of San Remo town.

  • 2

    Ride the Poggio climb, featured at the end of Milan-San Remo; cycle back roads to the Italian Riviera, then into France at Menton.

    After breakfast we will try out the bikes on a short loop over the famous Poggio climb which features at the end of the Milan-San Remo race. This climb was added to the race in 1960 to reduce the possibility of a sprint finish, but is now sprinted up in around six minutes by anyone who wants to be involved at the line. We then have a nice ride through the back country of San Remo with a steep climb up to San Romolo and a 920m pass before descending into the village of Perinaldo. From here we ride down through the Italian Riviera then along the coast and into France where we stop in the town of Menton for the night. Cycling distance: 62km & 1300m ascent

  • 3

    Circular ride through beautiful hill top villages and over the famous Col de la Madone and the Col d'Eze.

    We cycle out of Menton and towards the town of Sainte Agnes, listed as one of the nicest villages in France and from here we have fantastic views over Menton. Up next is the most famous col near the Riviera, the Col de la Madone, at 13km long and 7% average gradient it is known to be one of Lance Armstrong’s favourite climbs and also where he would test his form before the TDF. We then descend into the village of La Turbie which overlooks Monaco; from here we ride over the Col d’Eze, a climb which has featured in the Paris-Nice race since 1969. A twisty descent will take us to the village of Eze which is one of the most picturesque hill top villages in the Riviera, before we return to Menton for the night. Cycling distance: 52km & 1250m ascent

  • 4

    A hilly day over the Col du Castillon, Col de Braus and a steep climb from L'Escarene to Vence.

    Today is probably the most challenging ride of the week; we will climb the Col du Castillon (728m), the Col de Braus (1002m) and a series of relatively difficult climbs from L’Escarene to Vence. We will be submerged in the stunning landscape typical of the inland Alps Maritimes, with limestone cliffs, views of the snowy high mountains of the Mercantour National Park in the background and the sea all in sight at the same time. With so much to see and the incredible riding, this is a day that will not be forgotten. Cycling distance: 76km & 1800m ascent

  • 5

    Circular ride taking in the Col de Vence; a great climb featured in the Paris-Nice race.

    After yesterday hills, today we have a slightly more gentle circular ride to and from Vence. In the morning we will start the ride heading east to the village of Gattieres and then through Carros before starting to climb the Col de Vence. At the summit we can admire the stunning views over Vence and the surrounding areas before continuing the ride back to the town. This loop ride will be finished by early lunch so there will be free time to do some extra miles in the surrounding hills or explore the charming town of Vence. Cycling distance: 52km & 750m ascent

  • 6

    Climb up to Caussols at 1100m and stop at the pro's favourite boulangerie before a descent to Grasse.

    Today’s ride will first take us through the perched villages of Tourettes sur Loup before a climb up to Gourdon, famous for its magnificent gardens designed by Andre le Notre. From Gourdon the road continues to climb up to the Plateau de Caussols at 1100m. Here we have to stop at the boulangerie in Caussols for one of its amazing local specialities! Caussols is a great place for cycling as the roads are in great condition and with very little traffic. After a fantastic twisting descent we arrive at our hotel in Grasse. Cycling distance: 75km & 1700m ascent

  • 7

    Soak up the sun riding along the sea front to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

    For the last day of cycling it is mostly downhill as we ride through the towns of Valbonne and Grasse. We will arrive in Nice and follow the sea front all the way to the ‘Promenade des Anglais’. Today’s ride will finish at lunchtime so you have the option to do some extra miles in the hills surrounding Nice, take a dip in the Mediterranean sea or relax with a drink in one of the many bars and enjoy some of the mouth-watering local cuisine. Cycling distance: 42km & 150m ascent

  • 8

    Free morning to relax in Nice before the trip ends.

    After breakfast we have a free morning to explore Nice at our own pace before a transfer to Nice airport to catch the group flight to London.

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