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Cycling the Cote D'Azur(8 posts)

Cycling the Cote D'Azurupandcomer
Jan 11, 2003 3:02 PM
I'm going to be in the south of France in late June early July and am bringing my bike. Does anyone know of a guidebook for this region? Does anyone know any good routes? Something on the web? Any feedback would be great.
re: Ride Provenceteoteoteo
Jan 11, 2003 7:57 PM
Since you'll be close if you visit Nice head north towards Avignon and ride the Provence region. Gordes is beautiful--great roasted chicken with honey glaze at cafe in town center (some beautiful waitresses too!).

Also insane Thai food place in Gordes--I know Thai food in France, but since you'll be there a month you'll get sick of the everyday faire. The Thai pace is tiny (seats 14-16) and what out for the pet cat name Sake. Have the Coco-Poulet and a glass of Cote du Ventoux.

I think I have some ride routes leftover from last year that would leave this area and take you through a beautiful gorge, fields of Lavender and to Ventoux--the bald giant of Provence. The terrain is hilly with some pretty tough climbing--not the AAlps but you can roll all day and be wiped. Reminds me of Texas Hill Country minus the cactus and with bigger hills.

Anyway, I know there is Frenchman named Phillipe that frequents the board that may be able to help. I will be in France from late June through the end of July. I may spend a week or so in Provence with my girlfriend and some friends. We're going to try and rent a house for the 1st week of July in Provence. After that I'll be working for Veloechappe Tours for the TdF. I'll have my rig (bike) so if schedules work right maybe we could hit the Ventoux.

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re: Cycling the Cote D'Azurcycleaddict
Jan 12, 2003 9:02 AM
I'll be in the south of France last week of May first week of June for self-supported trip from Toulouse to Mt. Ventoux. Get the "Lonely Planet Cycling France". It's a treasure chest full of info.
Also, check out the trento bike (do a search) pages--that's a great resource.
Lonely Planet Cycling Francems
Jan 13, 2003 6:13 AM
I second the recommendation of the "Lonely Planet cycling France."
re: Cycling the Cote D'Azurphilippe crist
Jan 12, 2003 11:55 AM
Like Teo said, the cycling is really nice in the backcountry behind Nice... I assume that if as you are asking for info about cycling the Cote d'Azur, you'll be staying near the water. if that's the case, just head inland but be forewarned that many of the roads are busy with a capital "B" at that time of year. Tell me where you're staying and I'll give you some ride ideas.

Otherwise Teo is dead on about riding around Gordes- if you are interested I can send you some annotated ride sheets I have made up like the one below.

Finally, Teo, if you are looking for a house, get on it now! b/c they fill up soon. I've rented a few ones over the years in that region and if you want some pointers, I can give 'em.


re: Cycling the Cote D'Azurupandcomer
Jan 12, 2003 5:50 PM
Thanks for the information. I will be staying in Nice. Any advice and routes would be great.
try this linkMJ
Jan 13, 2003 5:20 AM
re: Cycling the Cote D'AzurKeeponTrekkin
Jan 13, 2003 6:51 AM
Michelin tourist and hotel guides are indispensible resources. Also, Michelin maps are the best cycling maps I've ever seen. Not only do they show the type of road (as most all maps do), they also have little caret symbols indicating the grade and direction (up or down). If your route has lots of triple carets, be prepared. Bon voyage.