From the classic Paris-Nice and Milan-San Remo spring time battles, to the Col de la Madone and the darker side of cycling’s past, the Cols of the Cote d’Azur are synonymous with professional bicycle racing. With incredible climbing available year round on true Alpine Cols, a temperate climate perfect for riding and a location just hours from the UK, the Cote d’Azur is the perfect destination for your next Bespoke cycling tour with Le Domestique Tours.

Le Domestique Bespoke’s Cols of the Cote d’Azur Cycling Tours are entirely Bespoke, built specially for you, combining the finest professionally supported riding, with stunning private accommodation and cuisine prepared by our own private chef, to offer the defining Cote d’Azur Cycling Tours open solely to your private group.

We are able to accommodate private groups of between 2 and 20 riders in a huge range of properties from comfortable and affordable, right through to the true five star luxury properties that one imagines when picturing the Cote d’Azur. Pricing is dependent on the package choices you wish to include, including accommodation standard and location, time of year, number of riders, provision of private chef and catering, number of guides, number of day’s guided riding and so on, with Le Domestique able to accommodate any requests.

You can download a range of our previously booked Bespoke Cote d’Azur Cycling Tours via the links below, to give you an example of the types of package we can offer and view suggested day rides via the Itinerary section of this page, however if you would rather speak to us directly about your group’s needs please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Cols of the Cote d’Azur – Luxury – Five Nights – Peak Season

Cols of the Cote d’Azur – Traditional/Modern – Three Nights – Peak Season

Cols of the Cote d’Azur – Comfortable – Seven Nights – Low Season

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Itinerary

Ride 1 - 80km - 2400m - Eze and Madone

An epic ride that takes us first to the Col d?Eze, which witnessed Richie Porte?s 20:23 ascent during Stage 7 of the Paris-Nice 2015. Anything under 35 mins here is serious going, but the Eze?s attackable gradients and flatter upper section offers riders the perfect chance to measure against their pro heroes. The day climaxes with the infamous Col de la Madone, which played host to the clandestine training of Lance Armstrong under the observation of Dr Michele Ferrari on route to a stated PB of 30:45.

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Ride 2 - 143km - 3500m - Nice, Braus and Turini

Opening with the Col d?Nice we soon leave the traffic behind as we head north east to one of the most iconic climbs on the C?te d?Azur, the Col de Braus, famous for the mini-Stelvio Snake of Braus. With the Col reached riders tackle a stunning descent to our lunch stop, following which we climb straight into the 25k ascent of the Col de Turini. A long technical descent follows, allowing riders to soak in the bizarre feeling of almost total isolation despite the hustle and bustle of the Cote d?Azur being so close by.

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Ride 3 - 130km - 1800m - France, Monaco and Italy

Hugging the coast, the ride takes us on a constantly rising and falling path first out of France into the Billionaire?s playground of Monaco. Here we ride along the iconic start and finish straight of the Monaco Grand Prix, stop at the Cafe de Paris for a coffee and cake on the Casino square, before departing Monaco by climbing past the world famous Country Club towards Italy. Our focus now is the Milan San-Remo?s concluding smash fest climb of the Poggio marking our turnaround point.

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Ride 4 - 100km - 3300m - Cime de la Bonette

The Cime de la Bonette peaks at a dizzying 2808m and sits at the very top of any rider?s must do list. Today?s double ascent provides riders the opportunity to tackle both sides of this incredible climb. The Bonette?s beauty and history is often overlooked, with the lower slopes offering that incredible combination of mid single digit gradients that allow the kilometres to fly under the wheels. As the road rises out of the trees the mountain takes on an entirely different feel, retaining the steady gradients, but placing riders in an awe inspiring mountain landscape.

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Ride 5 - 120km - 3000m - Vence

Often featuring as the final climb in the penultimate stage of the Paris-Nice stage race, the Vence is a must climb. With a very different feel to the enclosed and overhung climbs of Eze and Madone, the Vence?s barren slopes transport riders to a mini Mont Ventouxesque plateau, famed for supernatural happenings and sightings... With the climb of Vence complete, the luxury of 25km of descent bring us back towards Nice via the climb to Montee Colomars and a partial ascent of the Eze to bring us home.

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Ride 6 - 13km - 874m - Col de la Madone TT

No visit to the C?te d?Azur would be complete without attempting one of the most famous feats in cycling - the Col de la Madone Time Trial. Infamous throughout cycling as the climb that Armstrong and Ferrari used to hone their doping strategy, the Madone has gone on to remain at the forefront of cycling as a proving ground for Grand Tour form. With riders having already tackled the ascent earlier in the week, the knowledge of what to expect ensures the optimum strategy can be pursued, metering out the watts as required on route to a record setting ascent.

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FAQ

  • What is a Bespoke Tour?

    A Bespoke tour is a tour designed specially for your group of riders and open solely to your group, ensuring you receive the exact tour that you desire. Using our Bespoke service gives you total flexibility over the following: :

    • Group size?- we have run Bespoke tours for groups from 2 to 22.
    • Dates – we can accommodate any date range including cross week dates.
    • Length of tour – many riders do not have a full week to spare, but equally want more than just three nights. This is no problem.
    • Timing and means of arrival/departure – late or early arrival flights with airport collections or self arrival at your accommodation.
    • Type of accommodation – ranging from hotels, through to private villas at a range of standards from 3* comfort to 5* luxury.
    • The riding – we use our unrivalled knowledge and expertise to provide a fully customisable ride schedule based on the ability levels of your group, your daily distance and climbing targets, to deliver the perfect experience.
    • The level of support required ranging from a single support vehicle through to multiple vehicles and guide riders – mixed ability groups can be catered for with ease.
    • Provision of a professional cycling coach for the duration of your tour.
    • Provision of a professional chef for catering.
    • Provision of sports massage services.
    • Inclusion of non-riding spouses/children/other guests.
    • Anything else you can think of.
  • Do you offer scheduled Cote d'Azur tours?
    • We generally restrict our Cote d’Azur tours to Bespoke groups, however we do keep an interest list of individual riders or small groups who wish to join a scheduled tour and can if numbers are sufficient offer a scheduled tour option.
    • If you are interested in joining us in the Cote d’Azur on a scheduled tour, please get in touch via the Contact form and we will add you to our interest list.
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