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Paris-Nice Challenge 2016

12/03/2016 - Nice - Sportive

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Entries are now open for the inaugural edition of the Paris-Nice Challenge. Like the Paris-Roubaix Challenge and the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Challenge, the Paris-Nice Challenge offers amateur cyclists the chance to get as near as possible to a legendary professional race.

On Saturday, 12 March 2016 - the day before the final stage of the week-long pro race - amateur riders are able to take part in a sportive on the roads of Nice's hinterland that will play host to some of the world's best cyclists just 24 hours later.

There are two routes of 126km and 99km available. Both start and finish on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and trace much of the route of the seventh and final stage of Paris-Nice. Whilst both routes will prove a test for early-season fitness, participants will be rewarded with some breath-taking panoramas.

Paris-Nice was first held in 1933, when the Belgian, Alphonse Schepers rode to victory. Other notable winners in the race's history have included Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Alberto Contador.

New BMC signing Richie Porte was victorious last year in Team Sky colours, while Sean 'King' Kelly has the record for most wins - claiming seven consecutive titles in the 1980s. To date, Tom Simpson and Bradley Wiggins are the only Brits to take the crown.

The event is nicknamed 'The Race to the Sun' due to the fact that it takes place in March and often features cold and wintry conditions in the north of France early on in the week, before traditionally finishing in the spring sunshine on the Côte d'Azur.

So why not start your season with a weekend in the sun and catch a glimpse of the pros while you're at it.

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County Antrim

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