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Cote d'Azur Escape (Paris-Nice)

8th - 11th marzo 2018

An early season weekend on the Côte d'Azur with the Race to the Sun.

A short getaway based on the beautiful Côte d'Azur. Experience riding in the Southern Alps, tackle the Paris-Nice Challenge Sportive and then watch the pros on the final day of a stunning weekend of cycling.

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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
Day 0, Arrival Day Coffee spin from Nice 56 KM 1431 M
Day 1 Pre Alps and Col de Vence 131 KM 2426 M
Day 2 Paris-Nice Challenge 110 KM 2000 M
Day 3, Departure Day Early ride and final Paris-Nice stage 48.8 KM 1179 M

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Day 0, Arrival Day

Coffee spin from Nice

Land on the Cote d'Azur in the morning and head to the hotel to be greeted by the Rapha Travel team. We'll set off for an afternoon spin to stretch the legs, enjoying Mediterranean views and a coffee stop en route.

Distance

56 KM

Climbing

1431 M

Accommodation

Eze Hermitage

Day 1

Pre Alps and Col de Vence

Today we will head to the Pre Alps of Nice and Castellane via Coursegoules, Col de Vence and Baou de St Jeannet, before descending the Vallée du Var to reach the Baie des Anges and the Promenade des Anglais.

Distance

131 KM

Climbing

2426 M

Accommodation

Eze Hermitage

Day 2

Paris-Nice Challenge

Ride the Paris-Nice Challenge Sportive, taking in a stage of the race. Details of the Sportive are due to be published in January 2018.

Distance

110 KM

Climbing

2000 M

Accommodation

Eze Hermitage

Day 3, Departure Day

Early ride and final Paris-Nice stage

We'll head out for an early ride before watching the pros battle it out in the final stage of Paris-Nice, traditionally finishing on the Promenade des Anglais. Please note this route may change to ensure we are roadside as the race passes. We recommend booking a late afternoon or evening flight home from Nice airport.

Distance

48.8 KM

Climbing

1179 M

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This trip departs in less than 30 days. To enquire about a last minute booking please contact us.

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)

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Asia Pacific

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