Tips to first time cyclists in the Côte d’Azur

Tips to first time cyclists in the Côte d’Azur

Perhaps you are an avid cyclist who follow pro cyclists on Strava and want to challenge climbs in the Côte d’Azur. Perhaps you love to go on bike trips in your city but are not sure if it is safe to cycle when you go to the Côte d’Azur on your holiday. Perhaps you are an adventurous MTB’er who is looking for some routes that rock! Perhaps you cross countries on a bike-pack-tour.

The Côte d’Azur has a lot to offers for every cycling lover! Bike Trip gives you a few tips about what to consider when you come to the Côte d’Azur for cycling.

Alps tour - Menton road bike rental

Cycling in La Côte d’Azur, France – what is so special about it??

World Champions, grand-mothers, schoolkids, commute cyclists, jogglers, yacht captains and so many more kinds of people cycle in the Côte d’Azur. When you reach the top of a mountain you pass memorials of former Tours de France winners just as easily as Roman ruins.

Here you find a landscape that may seem intimidating by the eyes of a cyclist used to cycling on organized cycling paths in cities of flat land. The same hills offer challenges for anyone who is eager to explore the other sides of the horizon.

A stunning coast with azur water welcomes the city spinners whereas the mountaineers can sweat and pump up their heartbeats in a wide web of roads into, up, down and around Les Alpes-Maritimes.

The landscapes carry amazing colours all through the year. We have more sunny days than in most other places in Europe and you can cycle here throughout the 4 seasons.

There is no such thing as a dull season in the Côte d’Azur although the highest tops get covered by snow in winter. Don’t worry, a spin along the coast in January can treat even for the coolest cycling champ by roads that are lined up by red rocks, yellow mimosa and azur blue water.

Cannes Bike Tour - Esterel Mimosas

In Summer the coastal routes are less appealing due to extremely busy roads. Fortunately there are a lot of tour options, so you can always find stunning landscapes and a challenge.

Bikers who love all sorts of bikes are welcome here – either if you are a road bike cyclist, a touring- or e-bike cyclist or more of a mountain biker. All of you can have great adventures in this area.

Reach out to us at Bike Trip to get our recommendations for your trip in the French Riviera. We have offices in Cannes, Nice and Menton. We deliver bikes to Monaco and your accommodation on request and offer a service to pick up a bike in one of our shops and hand it in in another.

Let us help you to be creative when deciding upon your next cycling tour in the Côte d’Azur.