Alpes Maritimes

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pie is a cycling events company delivering amazing bespoke bike rides throughout the UK and Europe. We create, develop, manage, operate and deliver fully supported guided group cycling trips for companies, charities and groups of individuals.  All to your specific brief.

The Alpes Maritimes lie between the perfume famous town of Grasse to the west, and Menton, Monaco and Nice to the south. In the middle of it all are Natural Parks, National Parks, idyllic Provençal scenery and a cycling playground second to none.  This is a 3 ½ day route going from Saint-Maximin-de-la-St-Baume and finishing in Nice where the Tour de France started in 2020.

3 ½ day guided ride

Various routes available

Full support crew

Itinerary

Day 1 – Warm up

Flight into Nice. There will be a single group transfer from the airport to where we will be staying. We’ll have lunch on the coach to allow us enough time for our warm up ride when we arrive.  The route will head west from the town then head north west towards the stunning escarpment on the southern flank of the Montagne Sainte- Victoire. Due east of here is Aix en Provence so we are firmly in south Provence.

Day 2 – St Maximin to Caillan

The area between St Maximin and Caillan is made up of rolling hills. Caillan is one of a series of “perched villages” along with Seillans, Tourrettes, and Fayence. These villages are perched high on a rocky crag with impressive views of the surrounding countryside. Usually built with defence and fortification in mind they have narrow entrances, steep winding steps and tall houses built out of local stone giving a local feel to the village.

The roads here are largely quiet with only the occasional passing cyclist also enjoying the views.

Through this stunning area comes the Paris Nice race. Although this stage includes a Cat 2 and Cat 3 climb, they are almost unnoticeable, they are so gentle.

Day 3 – Caillan to Vence

From Caillan to Vence the routes get more and more remote, the hills get bigger and by the time you arrive in to the small town of Vence, it feels like you are re – entering civilisation. This epic route enjoys 2 Cat 1 climbs today which heads south to the flatter areas. Col de Vence is 9.7 kilometres and 6.6%.

Day 4 – Vence to Nice

As we head from Vence to Nice, the route heads through Nice and on to Monaco before heading back to Nice along the Corniche. Alternative routes are drawn to Madone which is past Monaco and up into the hills.

Nice hosted the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2020. https://www.letour.fr/en/the-race/grands-departs/grand-depart-2020.  There were two stages over 2 days, hills and mountains and we borrow from both of them.

 Day 5

Free time to explore Nice until the transfer back to Nice airport.

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Interested? Please contact us for more details. Call 01932 460090 or email info@pieevents.co.uk and download the event summary sheet.

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pie delivers fully supported bespoke guided rides throughout the UK and Europe for the discerning cyclist.

Every ride is designed completely to your needs so your cyclists, no matter what standard they are, will have a fabulous time.

We’re known for our efficiency, integrity, and our passion to get it right. From your 1st contact with us, to the last cyclist’s arrival, we will make your event as effortless and awesome as possible.

Your cyclists will be led in small groups of similar standards by our team of amazing guides on bikes who are in turn supported by our experienced crew of tour leaders and medics.

The end result is stunning scenery, challenging ascents, incredible descents, perfect hotels, great food, like minded company.

In short, an amazing ride.

Download the Summary Sheet for more details