This Sunday May 6th, the Champagne and Oyster Cycling Club (COCC) will get back on their bikes for the sixth year running to raise money for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation by Cycling around Cap d’Antibes. And as always, the 140km route from St Tropez to Monaco will run right past our very own 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 rich terrain and the mild climate that persuades the cycling elite to train in and around Monaco all year round – or perhaps it’s the extraordinary views stretching across the shimmering Mediterranean to the Alps. 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.
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, but 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. Find a shady spot to pause and admire the beautiful Bay of Angels, or take a break on the Plage de la Garoupe if you’re cycling at sunset, to sip a cold drink and 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 your bicycle on Sunday. You can’t miss them in their matching Lycra!
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