Provence Cycling Tour

2019 Dates 

12 May to 17 May, 6 Days | 5 Nights

Description

From the French Riviera resorts of Nice and Cannes to the mountains of the Alps, the Alpes-Maritimes is one of the most diverse and beautiful departments in France. This region continues to enthrall travellers with its quality food and wine; is a cycling mecca and home to many professionals such as Chris Froome and Richie Porte. There is so much to see and do in this region and we know you have limited time so our expert Cycling Tour operator, SEARCHTRAVEL have curated the best of the Alpes Maritimes into this one holiday.

Located in the hinterland, Vence is an ideal place to base ourselves with superb accommodation and easy access to the Alps and the French Riviera. The terrain in this region offers wonderful variety with just the right amount of challenge to suit both Enthusiasts and Advanced riders. We have 2 ride options each day and; if you don’t want to ride at all on a given day there is plenty to keep you occupied.

More Information

Average max temp: May 20°

Average distance: 40 miles (55 miles Advanced) p.d.

Average climbing: 3,200 feet (4,400 feet Advanced) p.d.

Average time in the saddle: 3.5 hrs (5 hrs Advanced) p.d.

Hotel: 4 Star – Hôtel La Vague de Saint Paul

Maximum Guests: 10 persons

Price: £2,249 p.p. twin share
Single occupancy option: £450
Deposit: £560 p.p.
Balance: 90 days prior to tour commencement (installment option available)

Start: Nice, France
Finish: Nice, France

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Tour highlights

3 staff for 10 guests including professional ride guide, soigneur and mechanical support

All Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners (including Beer and Wine) included

Tackle the famous Col de la Madone and test your time against some of the most well known cyclists on the planet

Expert cycling route design

Customised Winery/delicatessen tasting tour included

All Sports nutrition provided (bars, gels and electrolytes)

Supported, on-line training plan included to prepare you for your Provence adventure

Day 1 – Arrival

We will pick you up from Nice airport, transport you to our Hotel and assist you with hotel check-in and bike building before we head out for a spin to shake the travel out of your legs. We will meet over a drink (Aperitif) before dinner to plan for tomorrow (this is a daily ritual) and then head into the hotel restaurant for a group dinner with all the guests and staff.

Today’s ride
Flat with small climb | 20 miles | 1:30

Day 2

After breakfast the Enthusiast group will ride out from the hotel on a loop through the beautiful Prealps d’Azur. The Advanced group will also ride through the Prealps d’Azur but on a longer loop that also enters the Cheiron Reserve. Both loops showcase this brilliant cycling mecca.

Today’s ride
Pre-Alps | 42 miles | 3:10

Advanced ride (hover over map for Advanced ride image)
Pre-Alps | 60 miles | 4:30

Day 3

No matter which ride you select today you will be following in the path of cycling greats. The Advanced group will tackle the Col de la Madone and the Enthusiast group will follow the Paris – Nice course into Nice including the magnificent decent past the Old Port and onto the Promenade des Anglais.

Today’s ride
Mountain | 55 miles | 4:00

Advanced ride (hover over map for Advanced ride image)
Mountain | 68 miles | 5:00

Day 4

We have a recovery ride planned for today which includes a stop in Cagnes sur Mer to enjoy some of the local pastries and of course do some people watching. May is glamour month along the French Riviera so no telling who you may run into. But we cant dawdle too long because we have our winery/delicatessen tour this afternoon.

Today’s ride
Rolling | 36 miles | 2:30

Day 5

It is our last full day so we have designed a couple of routes to leave a lasting imprint on your cycling memory of this gorgeous area. The Enthusiast ride rolls through the Pre-Alps but we have a short gravel section to challenge you. Don’t worry, our guide will get you through with some of the finer points of climbing and descending on gravel. The Advanced group will be challenged with over 6,000 feet of climbing as they skirt the Summit du Cherion along little used stone-walled roads  through some of the most rugged terrain in the whole of France.

Today’s ride
Pre-Alps | 46 miles | 3:30

Advanced ride (hover over map for Advanced ride image)
Mountain | 73 miles | 5:30

Day 6 – Departure

Unfortunately our Provence adventure ends today. The days schedule is dependent on your flight time and we do have a recovery ride option if you have time. Either way we will help you pack your bike and drop you to the Nice airport where we are certain you will start to plan your next adventure with Bike UK and Ralph Colman Cycles as we Explore the World by Bike.

Today’s ride
Roling | 20 miles | 1:15