This Sunday May 6th, the Champagne and Oyster Cycling Club (COCC) will get back on their bikes for the sixth year running. They are looking to raise money for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation by Cycling around Cap d’Antibes.
“Bring a bike and a sense of humour!” The COCC
The Riviera, home to champion cyclists including Chris Froome, Philippe Gilbert and Richie Porte, is high on every cyclist’s list of dream tours. Perhaps it’s the varied terrain and the mild climate that persuades the cycling elite to train in and around Monaco all year round. Or maybe it’s the extraordinary views stretching across the shimmering Mediterranean to the Alps. Whatever the reason, you will find the area around Antibes is heaven for cyclists. You don’t have to be a professional to explore the region on two wheels, though. With its gentle coastal contours and steep alpine climbs, there is a route for every level.
Cycling around Cap d’Antibes
The Cap d’Antibes is a popular recovery ride for serious cyclists, but also perfect for those preferring a gentler experience. A cycle path runs along the rocky coastline. Those exceeding speeds of 30km/h might prefer to use the roads, which are typically smooth and quiet throughout the year. Gulp the sea air and let the sun warm your skin as you sail past the ancient pine trees that partially conceal the grand villas lining the road. In addition you could find a shady spot to pause and admire the beautiful Bay of Angels. If you are cycling at sunset, maybe you could take a break on the Plage de la Garoupe to sip a cold drink. After dark you can find a quiet spot to watch Nice light up across the bay.
Don’t forget to give your fellow cyclists from the Champagne and Oyster Cycling Club a wave if you’re out on Sunday. You can’t miss them in their matching Lycra!
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