Road cycling on the Italian Riviera
Our road biking holidays are aimed at cycling enthusiasts who want challenging riding but also wish to experience the intriguing blend of French and Italian culture and the beautiful and varied landscape of the Italian Riviera and Maritime Alps.
You will be based in Santo Stefano al Mare, a picturesque town with a medieval centre and plenty of welcoming bars and superb restaurants as well as an array of festivals throughout the season. The beaches are also excellent with a blue flag rating. The town is ideally placed to explore Liguria and the rolling landscape above the coastline as well as the stunning mountain roads. Santo Stefano is also only a 30 minute drive from Monaco and Cote d’Azur.
From Santo Stefano ride along the “Pista Ciclabile” which is a converted railway line and a traffic free cycle path that follows the coastline for over 20km from Sanremo to Imperia and provides the perfect warm up to your day in the saddle. The cycle path was introduced to the cycling world in 2015 as the Grand Depart of the Giro d’Italia and is as popular with the locals as with cycling tourists.
From the “Pista Ciclabile” cycle along the beautiful coastline of the Mediterranean. Explore the rolling landscape above the coast along quiet country roads, passing charming little hilltop villages, contouring around neatly cultivated terraces, olive groves and vineyards. Climb into the Ligurian hinterland and the dramatic landscape of the Alps Maritime with spectacular gorges, beautiful valleys and enchanting medieval villages that cling to the mountainsides.
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 days with a steady build-up of distance and gradient. Our routes range from a gentle 30km on the coast to 150km+ high into the Maritime Alps and 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 Garmin GPSs already loaded with routes and give you detailed information on the best routes for you, places of interest, cafes and restaurants along the way. Our longer epic routes are fully supported with experienced and knowledgeable guides. We also provide vehicle back-up and bike-mechanical services giving you peace of mind should you need assistance.
We have 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, or the Col de la Madone climb above Menton, or the classic Col d’Eze climb part of the Paris Nice road race to name a few. Of course after every exhilarating climb you will be rewarded with an adrenaline fuelled descent.
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 Pro race 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.
The price of our road cycling package is €795.00. Click below for further details.
Seasons & Abilities
Our trips are aimed at cyclists with a good 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.
Rivierabike operates all year (except for the Christmas period). With the exception of the higher alpine passes (from 1,500m onwards) all of our routes are open throughout the year. The coastal hills are accessible all year and provide fantastic cycling during the spring, autumn and winter with the higher mountain routes perfect for the summer.
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We have a limited stock of our own bikes to hire, however we have teamed up with a number of local bike shops to provide good quality bikes.
Contact us regarding hire pricing and options.