Train in the Sun with Cycle Cote d'Azur
by Adam Tranter
What does Paris-Nice, Col de la Madone, Col de Vence, Monaco and Cannes have all in common? Â
They are all situated on the fantastic sunny Cote d'Azur in Southern France. Â Nice is the perfect place to start exploring the area by bike and it is also home to Cycle CÂ´te d'Azur. Â
Cycle CÂ´te d'Azur is run by a team with impressive credentials, and a range of experience between them.Â
Emma Davies, former professional track and road cyclist in both the UK and Belgium is a double Olympian, Commonwealth medalist and former ride captain of London-Paris event.Â
Claire Scrutton, an Ironman finisher, is a sportive rider and marathon runner - endurance is her thing!
Cycle CÂ´te d'Azur offers daily rides, weekend trips and training camps for all levels of cyclists, and really encourage women to come and join in too.Â
Cycle CÂ´te d'Azur offers a unique experience, combining:
Challenging climbs, including Col de la Madone and 24km long Col de Turini!Â
A varied range of ride options, from daily rides to week long training camps.Â
The ability to ride a different route every day of the year,Â
Easy travel options, being less than 2 hours from most UK airports,Â
A vast range of accommodation options to suit all budgets,Â
Unbeatable local knowledge by the guides - They know the best cafes, restaurants, cycling events, after ride activities, masseurs, bike shops, quietest routes, and even the Â best places to spot pros out on training rides!
There are a few places still available on the training camps:
Race to the Sun Camp: 7-19th MarchÂ
Every year the pro-cycle race Paris-Nice finishes on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Cycle CÂ´te dAzur will be running the 'Race to the Sun' camp over a two week period, you can choose from a 7 night or weekend package. On the Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th you will can soak up the atmosphere and watch the race itself, you will also ride parts of the final two stages. All right next to your hotel!
Easter Training Weekend: Â Friday 22nd April - Monday 25th AprilÂ
The focus of the first of two training weekends will be on getting some serious cycling done! April is the time to benefit from all those winter miles you struggled through, push yourself on the climbs, increase your mileage on some longer rides, and to start getting ready for your summer races, whether it's the Etape or triathlons. It's time to have some fun too!Â
Spring Ironman Training Weekend: Friday 29th April - Monday 2nd MayÂ
The focus of the second of the two training weekends will be on Ironman! Nice is the home of Ironman (IM) France, and whether you are signed up to IM France or another IM, this weekend is for you. There will be fully supported rides every day with very successful and inspiring triathletes as your guides, including Wiggle sponsored & Kona qualifier Carolyn Hewett. This camp is great training for non-triathletes too. It is your opportunity to ride the entire IM bike course as well as discover other varied, challenging and stunning rides.
Check out www.cyclecotedazur.com to find out more and decide which ride would suit you best.Â
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