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France

Cote d'Azur Escape

23rd - 26th March 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 — £1,400 per person
Double occupancy — £1,150 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.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

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 Morning arrival to Nice Cote d'Azur airport and an afternoon ride.
Day 1 Structured rides on incredible roads - learn from the Palmares coach and Rapha Travel staff
Day 2 Put into action some learnings working with Palmares for your season goals
Day 3, Departure Day Make the most of your time on the Cote d'Azur with a final ride before late afternoon departures to Nice Cote d'Azur airport

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Arrival Day

Morning arrival to Nice Cote d'Azur airport and an afternoon ride.

Fly into the convenient Nice airport to be met by a member of the Rapha Travel team, for a short transfer to the hotel. The afternoon will be split between a short ride, talking to the coach and bike set-up

Day 1

Structured rides on incredible roads - learn from the Palmares coach and Rapha Travel staff

The hills of the Cote d'Azur are the perfect location to refine your climbing and descending skills. Take tips from the experienced guides and the coach. Take a massage from our soigneur for the full Pro experience

Day 2

Put into action some learnings working with Palmares for your season goals

Opportunities to test products from Rapha Travel partners will exist during the Pro Team Camp. We'll have nutrition talks and practical How-To sessions on creating your own ride food.

Day 3, Departure Day

Make the most of your time on the Cote d'Azur with a final ride before late afternoon departures to Nice Cote d'Azur airport

A final chance in the morning to head out on the bikes or talk further with the coach and Rapha Travel team, before an afternoon-evening shuttle to Nice Cote d'Azur airport.

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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

FAQ

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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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)