Café du Cycliste and GravelUp join forces to offer a unique expedition beyond the tarmac of the Côte d’Azur. This three-day gravel bike expedition will tackle wild dirt tracks and gravel climbs in pursuit of traffic-free adventure by bike. Expect dust, 40mm tyres, and lots of testing terrain.

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About this cycling trip

This event is full! Make sure to join the waiting list and be the first served on our next tour!

Held from April 29 to May 2, 2022, this is a limited capacity event, designed exclusively for the Café du Cycliste community. 

To help you travel light, we offer top end gravel bikes to rent for the expedition.

Price: 1500 euros excluding travel to and from Nice, and excluding gravel bike rental.

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Ride with Rémi Clermont, founder of Café du cycliste

Your local riding guide will be founder and creative director of Café du Cycliste, Rémi Clermont. Rémi has extensive knowledge of the hidden routes and off-road diversions in this incredible cycling region, and will design each day’s course. 

The riding sets out from our base camp in the foothills of the Alpes Maritimes – a sanctuary for rest, refuelling, and bike maintenance. The meeting point will be on April 29 afternoon in Nice, where riders will gather at the Café du Cycliste itself in the harbour and be welcomed by Rémi and the crew.

Incredible views, testing terrain and pure fun is on the menu each day. Also included are moments of well-being - yoga, meditation, relaxation - to reconnect with yourself and make the most of this unique experience in a splendid setting. This is the ideal expedition to fall under the spell of the Côte d'Azur! 

Date range:
April 29 - May 2
4 days / 3 nights
Daily distance:
150 - 200 km
Daily elevation:
5 / 5
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GravelUp benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • All food for the stay
  • A great welcome pack
  • A mechanic who will share his secrets with you
  • Accommodation 3 nights in a double room (single option at extra cost)
  • Return from Nice train station or airport

On gravel

  • Assistance and transportation van
  • A professional guide
  • Unique tracks designed by the GravelUp and Café du cycliste teams

Beyond gravel

  • Wellness activities - Yoga, meditation, relaxation
  • Visits to various historical and cultural sites
  • An evening of celebration
  • A community of enthusiasts

This is not included

  • Transportation from your home
  • Gravel bike rental (60 eur/day)
  • Travel insurance for repatriation and civil liability
  • Personal drinks and other souvenir purchases
  • Anything not specified in "This is included"






Preparation & equipment

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Your guide

In love with the Provence region, our guide is eager to make you discover the tracks of the Nice backcountry.

As a bike mechanic, he/she is the best person to help you discover the region. Anecdotes, encounters and sharing of experiences, he/she will make sure that you have an unforgettable stay and above all that you soak up as much as possible of this fabulous territory.

Spoken languages: French, English

State certified for bicycle accompaniment (BPJEPS), he/she will ensure your safety and will share with you various tips and tricks on how to ride on gravel paths.

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How to get there?

  • By train: Nice TGV station (shuttle at 6pm / return at 5pm)

  • By car: Meeting point directly at the Base Camp in Nice (from 8pm)

  • By plane: Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport (shuttle at 6pm / return at 5pm)

As soon as you arrive, our team will pick you up and take you directly to our base camp where the disconnection can begin.

Your stay starts at 8pm and ends at around 3pm on Sunday.

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Our gravel bikes

We're excited to have 3T as our brand bike partner for this event, supplying a fleet of Exploro Gravel bikes for your riding pleasure. Like us, they're joyriders at heart, who share a love for creating unforgettable experiences in the saddle. 

The Exploro Gravel bike can handle any surface, from asphalt to singletrack to steep trails. An all-road spirit, but with aggressive geometry and aerodynamics that feel almost identical to a road bike.

Any questions?

Any questions?




I loved this adventure, a very nice break, the time of a weekend, under the sign of the adventure and the discovery of a territory! I left satisfied with my Gravel Up experience, more confident on my gravel and with a crazy desire to go back or to discover new destinations! 

Angèle P.

Angèle P