Côte d'Azur

Our long weekend trip is designed so that you can experience the Côte d’Azur from an entirely new perspective, exploring from the Mediterranean sea to the wilderness just on the doorstep.

ABOUT THE DESTINATION

3 days / 3 nights - Eur 1190.

Join a group of 8 to 12 people to live a unique experience.

Don't have a gravel bike yet or don't want to travel with one? You can rent one directly from us (180 euros for a muscular / 240 euros for e-gravel).

Privatise your group starting from 8 people - contact us for more information.

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One Percent for the Planet

By booking with us, you also do good for our planet!

A program 100% created by Gravel Up

The playground for our 3 days of riding will stretch from the Promenade des Anglais inland to the rustic villages of the Maritime Alps. We’ll make the most of the extensive gravel tracks and trails, far from the deckchairs and parasols to see a different side of the Riviera. After being welcomed by a member of our team we’ll head straight to Base Camp, where your hosts will be keen to share their story and make you feel at home.

Ready to roll? A Prologue ride awaits to stretch your legs and get comfy on your trusty steed for the weekend. All under the attentive eye of a qualified guide to help you discover the thrills of gravel riding.

Using the many paths and forest trails that crisscross the countryside, we’ll head towards Èze, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and the Estérel mountains. En route, experience the sights and smells of Grasse and the soft sound of crickets, under the watchful gaze of the Mercantour National Park.

Before dinner, why not make the most of some downtime with yoga, meditation and relaxation, all in an incredible setting with a great team.

So what are you waiting for?!

Date range:
November - April
Duration:
3 days / 3 nights
Daily distance:
40 - 60 km
Daily elevation:
800 - 1200M+
Difficulty:
2 / 5

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

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

On gravel

  • Assistance and transportation van
  • A professional guide
  • Unique tracks designed by the GravelUp Team

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
  • Travel insurance for repatriation and civil liability
  • Personal drinks and other souvenir purchases
  • Anything not specified in "This is included"
  • Gravel bike rental (supplement available)

Preparation & equipment

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.

Base camp & destination manager

Open your shutters in the morning and you'll have a view of the sea and the horizon from sunset to sunrise. We'll welcome you to this renovated former convent and introduce you to Nice's way of life!

On-site, in addition to your guide, you will be accompanied by our GravelUp destination manager. He or she will make sure you don't miss a thing, and provide all the logistics and support you need to make your stay the most enjoyable possible.

Our bikes

We have both traditional and electric high end gravel bikes available to rent in Ventoux from our bike partner Origine.

Repeatedly voted Gravel Bikes of the Year, you can choose between the carbon framed Graxx (weighing only 8.1kg) or the Help eBike (not much more at 12kg). Both combine performance and versatility in a lightweight frame so that you can have faith your steed throughout the trip.

Price: €60/day for a non eBike, €80/day for an eBike.

(Free bike hire until 31st December 2023!)

Find out more about our bikes

Physical preparation

The territories we cross offer an environment that can sometimes be demanding depending on the weather conditions. We evolve in a mountainous landscape where the cumulative difference in altitude can quickly be important.

To fully enjoy this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling, at least once a week. Having already done at least 3 hours of cycling will allow you to feel more comfortable and to better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross.

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.

Any questions?

Any questions?

Booking

Equipment

Level

Booking

This was my first experience on gravel and it could not have been a better destination to try it. The Gravel Up team were very welcoming, highly organised and confidently handled riders of quite varying abilities and fitness.

It says a lot for an event, and those who lead it, when the time off the bike is almost as good as time on the trails. I would recommend Gravel Up to anybody wanting to test themselves a little (or a lot!) and to enjoy great company and excellent food in the best surroundings.

David F. - April 2022

David Firth

One of the best adventures of all time... I participated in a GravelUp trip and it was AMAZING. Wonderful team, they really took care of us and made sure we had the best time. It was my first time in Nice and my first time doing gravel, and I really enjoyed it. Each day was a different and exciting experience with a good balance of physical effort, beautiful scenery and routes, and good company. Not to mention the delicious and healthy food from the region. I will definitely "gravel up" again for a new adventure.

Patricio S. - Feb. 2023

This GravelUp trip was awesome...! An incredible experience of riding under the blue sky and close to the mediterranean sea with passionate people! Clearly the perfect break to disconnect and recharge the batteries!

Mathieu C. - Feb 2023

A unique experience of traveling and discovering extraordinary landscapes. Nature, sports, gastronomy - a wonderfully balanced mix by the organisers at Gravel Up.

Guillaume. L - Feb 2023

I will be travelling again with GravelUp and highly recommend the experience. The program was a good balance of scripted and flexible, not too full, but with beautiful offerings.

Juris D. - May 2022

Incredible gravel trails, organization, atmosphere, and logistics. A trip tailor-made for gravel enthusiasts and adventurers. Thanks to Oliv, JB, and Aurel for their warm welcome. We recommend it!

Hugo L.

Flashback on a three-day traffic-free adventure beyond the tarmac of the Côte d’Azur. Read how GravelUp and Café du Cycliste joined forces to offer a unique experience of the French Riviera to 8 lucky riders coming from all over Europe.

Angèle P.

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GRAVEL UP, NOS SÉJOURS À VÉLO GRAVEL POUR PARTIR À LA DÉCOUVERTE DE LA CÔTE D'AZUR.

Nos parcours sont conçus pour convenir à tous les types de cyclistes, du débutant en gravel jusqu'au cycliste confirmé ou adepte du bikepacking.

Rejoignez-nous pour une escapade de 3 jours, explorer la région du Ventoux en gravel et admirer des panoramas à couper le souffle. Gravel Up s'occupe de tous les détails pour une expérience de gravel exceptionnelle : des hébergements confortables, des petits-déjeuners énergétiques, des repas gourmands et adaptés à l'effort cycliste et des encas pour vous soutenir pendant la journée !

Nos guides vous feront découvrir des coins uniques et vous présenteront des figures locales pour des pauses authentiques, gourmandes et pittoresques. Il ne vous reste qu'à choisir votre formule et préparer votre gravel pour une expédition promettant des souvenirs impérissables.

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