Fully Supported Road Cycling Short Breaks to Côte d’Azur / St. Tropez
Côte d’Azur Cycling – Mediterranean Sun & Sea
If you fancy some unique road cycling in balmy conditions, with views out across the glistening Mediterranean, then our Côte d’Azur ‘Classic’ package is for you.
The Côte d’Azur is a beautiful setting for a relaxing short-break, with the stunning blue sea providing an amazing backdrop to some great rides. Our location in le Lavandou mixes the rugged coastline with the quiet hills of the Massif des Maures to provide climbing, cols and views across the Mediterranean.
We provide all the back up support you need – with our team and vehicle supporting you on rides with snacks, drinks etc. This helps you to access the best cycling routes, and also visit the main sights and towns. After a morning’s riding, you can soak up the glitzy atmosphere of St Tropez or stroll round the historic village of Bormes les Mimosas.
This beautiful region is our most relaxing location; combining cycling with the beach is a great holiday recipe. We’ll still make sure your legs are challenged, but you’ll have ample time to relax and make the most of your time by Mediterranean as well.
Road Cycling around Le Lavandou and the Massif des Maures
It’s not like any riding you’ll have done in the UK… quiet roads snake their way through cork-oak forests up to 400 metres above sea level, leading to spectacular views across out to sea and the Hyères islands. Typically you’ll be riding in 20 to 30 degree heat, with beautiful sunshine making the prospect of stopping at a shady terrace for a coffee or maybe even a glass of rosé all the more appealing.
Rides will be between 50km – 100km and could feature between 1,000 and 2,000 metres of climbing, so there’s still a fair riding challenge to be had. We plan each day’s rides to show you the best roads and routes that we know, and our vehicle support each day will lighten the load carrying all spare clothes, drinks & snacks etc.
Our base in the heart of the pretty seaside resort of Le Lavandou gives you flexibility to explore the village and its many beaches or stroll along several coastal footpaths. You’ll be a short walk from the sea front and harbour, so very well placed to enjoy your time off the bike relaxing and unwinding.
Sunny Road Cycling – a relaxing weekend by the sea
Come and enjoy an early or late season long weekend cycling break to the south Coast of France. We avoid the main summer heat, and run ‘Classic’ breaks here during May, early June, September and October when the conditions are perfect for a warm, sunny and relaxing cycle holiday short break by the sea.
It’s an ideal place for any first timers looking to experience a road bike holiday in a supportive environment, with full support from our team.
All of our weekends are designed to give you the best riding possible in 4 days and to mix challenge with enjoyment. It’s a holiday (albeit an active one) so we make sure we build in time so that you can kick back and relax on the beach too!
Cycling Weekend Itinerary – Ride the Côte d’Azur and Massif des Maures
On each day of a ‘Classic’ cycling weekend break, we’ll head out on the scheduled ride after breakfast at your hotel.
Lunch (not included in the package) is taken at cafés / restaurants along the ride route.
After each ride, there’ll be time back at base to relax and unwind by the beach, before a 3 course evening meal taken at local restaurants.
Thursday – Arrival
You arrange afternoon flights to Marseille Airport.
Marseille has a range of flights from the UK – see full details on travel options here >>>
Our airport pick-up is at 16:00 – transfer to your base in Le Lavandou is 2 hours.
There’ll be time to build bikes / set up hire bikes, before dinner is served.
Friday – Collobrières / Route des Crêtes
A scenic loop ride with great sea views. We start with a gentle warm up along the coast to Bregançon before we head inland to Collobrières. From here we climb Col de Babou and Col du Canadel to take the very scenic Route des Crêtes before dropping down to Le Lavandou.
Ride distance = 91 km with total climbing of 1283m
Saturday – St. Tropez
Today we will head out into the hills again for 3 cols before we descend back to the coast. We will break the ride and visit the famous, glamorous port village of St Tropez for lunch and some people watching. After which it’s back in the saddle for the return along the stunning twisting coast road back to Le Lavandou.
Ride distance = 107 km with total climbing of 1893m
Sunday – Massif des Maures climbs
Another day of inland climbing. We return to the tranquil Collobrière before heading out to the highest point of the Massif des Maures at Notre Dame des Anges. It’s a good challenging climb and is then followed by Col de Babou before a thrilling descent on quiet roads back to Le Lavandou.
Ride distance = 88 km with total climbing of 1562m
Monday – Presqu’île de Giens – Departure
A fitting way to end the weekend, with an easy touring route on the cycle track to La Londe and the Presqu’île de Giens. Lots of cycling by the sea and a relaxed itinerary to explore the salt marshes, watch flamingos and ride past miles of sandy beaches.
Ride distance = 64 km with total climbing of 521m
Plenty of time for a final lunch in the sun back in Le Lavandou as we pack away bikes and load up the minibus. We depart to Marseille Airport at 13:00 which will get us to the airport for 15:00 (so good for flights departing after 16:50)
The itinerary outlined is provisional, although it’s a very typical outline of the routes you can ride on a ‘Classic’ break.
On rare occasions, we may have to modify this programme due to weather conditions, group ability, roadworks etc.
Choice of two locations, in the heart of attractive Le Lavandou
We are fortunate to be able to choose from two different locations for our ‘Classic’ road cycling trips in the Côte d’Azur, each with their own advantages. One option is the Astria Beach La Falaise Hotel and the other is the Auberge de la Calanque, depending on availability. We will confirm the hotel with you at time of booking.
Either way, you will receive a friendly welcome and service, in properties with charming character and comfort. All rooms are en-suite; most of them are 2 person double / twins, plus a few larger rooms which can sleep up to 4 guests.
Both hotels are in great locations, putting you right in the middle of things just a few steps from the cafés, bars and seafront of this charming, relaxed seaside resort.
Everything you need is within very close walking distance; after each day’s riding you can relax in town or take a stroll along the 3km promenade.
Le Lavandou has several fantastic beaches, including the stunning St. Clair beach, accessed by a more rugged coastal path with beautiful views.
Please note that, due to availability, on some trips to Le Lavandou we may use other accommodation in the town. All of these locations are chosen for their friendly welcome and service, and their charming character as well as a convenient location.
Food and Drink for Cyclists
All Bike Weekender breaks include half board – a hearty breakfast and 3 course evening meal every night.
Breakfast is a continental buffet, served from 0730 each morning to set you up for the day’s riding.
You will enjoy some fabulous food during your stay, feasting on local fish and fresh Provençal fruit and vegetables.
Breaks include a 3 course set menu; ordering à la carte is possible, with additional costs payable directly to the restaurant.
Wine and additional drinks from the hotel are purchased on an individual basis, again payable directly.
Dates and Prices for Road Cycling Breaks Breaks – Côte d’Azur / St. Tropez
All prices are per-person, based on 2 guests sharing a room. Contact us for details of single occupancy options.
* A minimum of 4 participants are needed to confirm each weekend. See Dates and Prices for current status.
For groups of 6 people we can look to run this trip on any date. Please contact us to discuss the options.
Bike Weekender ‘Classic’ Packages Include
- Ensuite Accommodation in le Lavandou
- Airport Transfers from Marseille – meet 16:00
- Airport Transfers to Marseille – depart 13:00
- Half-board – hearty, cyclist-friendly food
- Vehicle support on every ride
- The supportof our professional, friendly team
Not Included in the Package Price
Flights – to Marseille arranged independently. See here for full details >>>
Bike Hire – quality full-carbon options available. See here for full details >>>
Lunches whilst out riding – bought directly
Wine and other drinks from the hotel bar & restaurants – payable directly
Interested in a Road Cycling Break on the Côte d’Azur?
Looking to book a 'Classic' Côte d'Azur break?
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