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RCC Summit Cote d'Azur

12th - 15th May 2017

The RCC Summit Cote d’Azur takes place in one of the most storied cycling destinations in the world. A longstanding home of the pro peloton for many years, the region has an appealing mix of consistent weather, varied roads and beautiful views. Link up with your clubmates for a long weekend of exhilarating riding and relaxation, with evenings full of special events and VIP appearances. RCC summits offer a menu of rides each days, all catering for different riding abilities

The Cote d’Azur is one of the finest destinations for riding in Europe. Featuring roads for all riders, from the iconic test piece of the Col de la Madone to challenging tours of the Gorge du Verdon and scenic coast-side cruises. The region has a hugely varied terrain, enabling us to create routes with a wide range of difficulties. Regardless of difficulty, the soaring limestone and red granite of the region provides a stunning backdrop to our rides. Long and short course options will be offered daily, with groups encouraged to ride and support each other. Ride leaders along with support vehicles will be at hand. Please note: you will need to log in to your RCC account to view prices and book.

Unfortunately, your place on the RCC Summit is non refundable and non transferable to an alternative Summit or a Rapha Travel trip.

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Who is the RCC Summit designed for?

RCC Summits cater for all riding abilities. Whether you’re looking to challenge your legs on some of the local iconic climbs, or are more interested in enjoying the scenery on shorter, flatter rides, our daily rides menu offers something for everyone. Our signature ride support includes expert ride guides on the bike as well as support vehicles with ride nutrition, water and spares. The rides have coffee and lunch stops and the pace is set to suit the bunch - not the fastest rider.
The Summits are the perfect opportunity to gather with your fellow club mates from chapters across the globe. With workshops, insight evenings, wine tasting and fine dining, the Summits are your chance to ride, race and rest in a beautiful setting, at the same time as getting closer to Rapha and the sport of cycling.

Where will it be and what to expect?

From the iconic test piece of the Col de la Madone to challenging tours of the Gorge du Verdon and scenic coast-side cruises, the region has a hugely varied terrain. Everyday, we will explore the area, offering a rides menu tailored to a wide range of riding abilities. Team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge. Our mechanics will help take care of your bike. Based at one exclusive hotel - Mas du Grand Vallon, and with delicious home-cooked regional specialities and local wines to enjoy, all you have to do is enjoy your post-ride appointment with our pro-level soigneur, join our pilates for cyclists sessions to help keep riders flexible and strong, sample the regional wines and cuisine, or simply relax by the pool

VIP Guests at the Summit

  • Sir Bradley Wiggins, Great Britain’s most decorated cyclist will be joining members at the RCC Summit Côte d’Azur from 12-15 May. Over the long weekend in Provence, Sir Bradley Wiggins will ride alongside guests, stage a Q&A, and offer insights into his riding life. Don’t miss your chance to share the road with Sir Wiggins..
  • Team Sky Chef, Former Head Chef at renowned Stockholm restaurants Mathias Dalgren and Matbaren and Velochef author Henrik Orre now devotes his culinary expertise to his other great passion in life: cycling. At the summit, Orre will share his insights into how to fuel for your rides, and will cook a pro-team inspired diner for the guests.

All Summits include

  • Expert planning and guiding support from guides and vehicles
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival day Coastal views and the glitz of the Cote d'Azur 54 KM 719 M
Day 1 The ultimate test of a true Grimpeur 163 KM 3489 M
Day 1 - Alternative Easy Ride 60 KM 700 M
Day 2 Riders' roads and hidden gems 61 KM 1058 M
Departure day Red Rocks and the Pic de L'Ours 57 KM 925 M

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Arrival day

Coastal views and the glitz of the Cote d'Azur

Reaching the coast at Cannes la Bocca before riding past the Palais des Festivals in Cannes and the glitz of La Croissette. Spy the IIes des Lerins as we trace the coast road to the Cap d'Antibes. Pass the Villa Aujourd'hui (former home of Walt Disney) and the Hotel du Cap Eden Rock before taking in a view across the entire Cote. Head back inland and toward the hotel via Vallauris and Mougins

Distance

54 KM

Climbing

719 M

Accommodation

Le Mas du Grand Vallon

Day 1

The ultimate test of a true Grimpeur

Don't fear! Other rides are available throughout the weekend. This incredible loop north in to the mountains of the southern Alps is a true test even for the seasoned rider. Enormous views, hidden roads, fast descents this ride has it all!

Distance

163 KM

Climbing

3489 M

Accommodation

Le Mas du Grand Vallon

Major Climbs

Col de Bleine, Col du Ferrier, Cote de Gourdon

Day 1 - Alternative

Easy Ride

For those looking for an easier ride or to really soak up the azur blue this ride takes in the coast from Biot to Cannes, including the Cap d'Antibes with its' prestigious addresses (Eden Roc, Villa Aujourd'hui) and the yachts that a feature of the Riviera. Stop for a coffee in Golfe Juan before riding along the Croisette in Cannes ahead of the Festival and a short climb back to the hotel.

Distance

60 KM

Climbing

700 M

Accommodation

Le Mas du Grand Vallon

Major Climbs

Cap d'Antibes

Day 2

Riders' roads and hidden gems

A steady start to the ride, reaching the Golfe de la Napoule before climbing to Les Adrets on the northern edge of the Esterel. A rapid (and technical) descent to the Lac St Cassien before a climb that is a regular on many professionals' training rides in the area. The Col du Tanneron also features regularly in early season races. Enjoy a coffee in the village of Tanneron before a sinuous descent back in to the Alpes-Maritimes

Distance

61 KM

Climbing

1058 M

Accommodation

Le Mas du Grand Vallon

Major Climbs

Col du Tanneron

Departure day

Red Rocks and the Pic de L'Ours

You'll be forgiven for wishing that all rides were like this! A delightful coast road (spy the Palais Bulles) before turning inland to the red rocks of the Esterel national park. The road through the park is car-free with views to the coast and of the wooded hillsides. A quick extra out-and-back at the Pic de L'ours (488m) before descending back to the coast at Mandelieu la Napoule and onto the hotel.

Distance

57 KM

Climbing

925 M

Major Climbs

Pic de l'Ours

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Europe

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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

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