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Cote d'Azur Escape

17th - 20th mars 2018

A weekend on the Côte d'Azur, the playground of the pros.

The Côte d’Azur offers the perfect blend of urbane sophistication, challenging climbs and deserted roads. This long weekend of riding in the Southern Alps features hidden backcountry roads and an ascent of the famous Col de la Madone, a historic testing ground for Grand Tour champions – plus coffee, pastries, sea and sun.

Single occupancy — 1 500 € per person
Double occupancy — 1 250 € per person

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Who is it for

Rapha Escapes are short getaways based around one particular mountain, col or town, which will transport you to the heart of what is special about our sport. One of the great pleasures of road cycling is how close we can get to the professional peloton and share in their experiences by riding the climbs that have become legendary in the world’s great races. Each Escape stays in accommodation very close to the slopes that have made their mark in cycling history. In just a few days’ riding you will conquer a famous road, and our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer – the amazing views and the locals-only roads that will increase your appreciation of the area. When you’re not riding, simply relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy hearty food and local wines, and deepen the friendships forged during your day in the saddle.

How Hard is it?

Escapes showcase some of cycling’s most testing battlegrounds, that are respected even by elite athletes. However, because the trips are based in one location and are shorter in duration, Escapes are suitable for a wide range of riders, including those relatively new to road cycling who are willing to put in the time training beforehand. Whether you want bragging rights over your friends, or to conquer one of the biggest names in the sport, you’ll return home with a major boost to your appreciation of cycling.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Escapes include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Nice 40KM 600M
Day 1 Madone d'Utelle 110KM 2400M
Day 2 Col de la Madone 120KM 2100M
Day 3, Departure Day Col de Vence 50KM 450M

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Arrival Day


Following your bike set up at our hotel with the Travel mechanic, we'll take a ride. It's one of the iconic climbs of the Nice area, of the Col d'Eze, having featured in countless editions of Paris-Nice as part of a road stage or a final TT. Fast descents back to the coast before returning to our hotel.





Day 1

Madone d'Utelle

Madone d'Utelle - A bigger day on the cards today but one that features some of the most incredible roads of the region. Headed to the Vesubie valley via Levens and Duranus and spectacular roads, we'll take the climb of la Madone d'Utelle for stunning views across the entire region. Returning to the coast via the Var cycle path can keep the afternoon's elevation to a minimum. Enjoy dinner in one of our favourite restaurants of the Old Town of Nice.





Day 2

Col de la Madone

Col de la Madone - A different Madone today, but no less iconic. The ultimate training climb of the region with the record standing at just under 30 minutes. Climb past the beautiful village of St Agnes and enjoy a coffee in La Turbie. Another great meal in the Old Town of Nice awaits as reward.





Day 3, Departure Day

Col de Vence

Heading West today with some gentle climbs. Choose a late-afternoon flight departure and with a late check-out the Col de Vence will be a part of your final day itinerary!





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Customer Testimonials

The location was stunning and the Hotel was excellent. The rides up both Stelvio and Timmelsjoch were simply jaw dropping. I will take away many memories and photos from the trip, but one in particular that of Mattia pulling a wheelie alongside me going up the Stelvio!

— Stelvio Ascent rider, June 2016

Thank you so much for supporting us so well. The tone of the whole trip was so positive and supportive it made such a huge difference to my mental attitude to the challenge. A truly unforgettable experience.

— Ventoux Ascent rider, August 2016


What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)


Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

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Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)