Review: On the road with Azur Velo, in Nice
I've always loved taking my bike overseas to ride, there are so many new routes to explore, hills to try climbing, and of course the glorious scenery and climate makes it even more enjoyable.
I made a booking with Diana, of Azur Velo, to take me on the Ironman Nice 70.3 course, and boy was it a doozy.
First up, communication with Diana was very prompt, and we quickly worked out my goals for the trip and she was very helpful in giving suggestions on where to stay. I loved her responsiveness and attention to detail so I was confident i was in good hands even before I met her, and I wasn't wrong!
Prior to the trip she sent me detailed info on what to expect during the ride, the different stages, and things to take note of, for which i found very helpful.
We met at my airbnb accommodation, somewhere along St Laurent Du Var, went over the course details, and picked out a lunch stop at one of the villages.
And then it was saddle time, i was pretty excited, the french riviera was beautiful, and the bike course was a challenging one. What can I say, i love the satisfaction i get from finishing something difficult, and trying new things.
Singapore is pancake flat, so this ride would be a sufferfest, seeing as it has over 1200m of elevation in the first 45km alone.
Its a good thing the mountain scenery and its perched hilltop medieval villages were so beautiful and it lessened or at least made the pain worth it!
On the Pugets, nasty short but very steep sections i questioned my sanity and thought "You know I could actually be having a nice Speculoos Crepe sitting by the beach right now instead of huffing and puffing up this damn mountain!
We stopped for a bit to appreciate the scenery and took a few photos, and a drone video. I've never been so happy to finally reach the pinnacle and Diana said its all downhill and fun from here on ! It was a great experience hurtling down the mountain on my disc brakes, especially as the descent was pretty technical with hairpin turns and switchbacks (again, you don't get this in Singapore) it was also pretty chilly on the way down but thankfully i'd brought a wind jacket and arm warmers.
Cycling in France was awesome, its a very cyclist friendly city, with rental bikes and bicycle lanes going most places, and we saw a whole lot of cyclists on the way. If you ride along the coast you could also make it to Antibes, or if you like climbing, theres no shortage of Cols and switchbacks to conquer, ride some famous Paris-Nice / Tour de France routes, go bike packing from town to town and let out your inner explorer. Not for the faint of heart though going up the Cols!
If you fancy riding thru some of the best scenery and viewpoints on the South of France, lookup Azur Velo, at : email@example.com
You won't be disappointed!