Road cycling on the Italian Riviera:
Our strategic location in Santo Stefano just 10 mins from Sanremo allows us to explore the beautiful coastline of the Mediterranean and the mountains cascading to the sea. Ride along quiet country roads, passing charming little hilltop villages and neatly cultivated olive groves and vineyards. Climb further into the Ligurian hinterland and experience the dramatic landscape of the Maritime Alps with spectacular gorges and valleys.
We start our rides along the “Pista Ciclabile” which is a 27km converted railway line introduced to the in 2015 as the Grand Depart of the Giro d’Italia. This path allows easy traffic free access to hinterland with a fantastic choice of road routes with amazing climbs and thrilling descents. Experience the famous Cipressa and Poggio climbs of the Milan San Remo Spring race, the Col de la Madone and Turini climbs above Nice, or the classic Col d’Eze in to Monaco.
We provide a personalised and friendly service and customise your road cycling holiday to suit your ability and fitness level to achieve the right balance of endurance, challenge and exhilaration. The format for the week provides a mix of self-guided and fully guided and vehicle supported days with a steady build-up of distance and gradient. Our routes range from a gentle 30km on the coast to 150km+ into the Maritime Alps with peaks that reach up to 2,000m from sea level.
Self-supported days gives you the opportunity to explore the immediate area at your own pace. We provide routes to download to your GPS / phone and give you detailed information on the best routes for you, places of interest, cafes and restaurants along the way. We also provide an emergency backup vehicle should you get in to trouble.
Our guided & supported trips are provided with experienced and knowledgeable guides. We also provide full vehicle back-up to provide mechanical assistance as well as carry supplies, spares, clothing etc. The vehicle support will also allow us to go further afield to different locations within the French and Martime Alps as well as provide linear routes from Summit to Sea.
Events and Grandfondos
Like their food, wines and music, Italians are just as passionate about cycling and offer numerous races and Gran Fondos throughout the year. These are well organised events some with closed roads and mass starts with police escorts for that true pro race feeling. Rivierabike are able to offer a package organised around these events. Please contact us for further details.
Eating and Sleeping
As a guest of Rivierabike you will stay in a 4* hotel based right on the cycle path and less than a minutes’ walk from the beaches and restaurants. The hotel is run by an ex Italian swimming champion and is also a professional triathlon coach. The hotel has all amenities including a pool and a fully kitted bike workshop and can offer services such as massage and professional bike fitting. The hotel provides an excellent and varied menu with cyclist portions, and breakfast will be of continental style with unlimited coffee.
Italy is the country of food and here an incredible variety of cuisine is on offer from excellent coastal restaurants and pizzerias to traditional mountain trattorias.
Price does NOT include:
· Bike fit & massage services, flights, Insurance, lunches, drinks and evening meal on night off.
5% discount for returning guests or a group of 6 or more
Max discount offered is 5%
* The price is based on two people sharing. If there is an odd number then a single room supplement will apply. For our supported package a minimum group size of 4 is required
Seasons & Abilities
Rivierabike operates all year (except for the Christmas period). The coastal hills are accessible all year and provide fantastic cycling during the spring, autumn and winter with the higher alpine passes (from 1500 onwards) perfect for the summer.
Our trips are aimed at cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness looking for a varied itinerary from the more leisurely routes to challenging epic rides. For group bookings we can cater for all levels and can tailor the rides specifically to suit ability and fitness.
We have teamed up with a number of local bike shops and we can offer Specialized and Colnago hire bikes from 150 € per week.