Between the sea and mountains perfectly sums up the capital of the French Riviera, which, at this point of the year, still combines the blue of the Baie des Anges with the white of the Mercantour summits. Only slight exertion on the pedals is required to arrive at the foot of the finest climbs in the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur area, at the heart of a magnificent mountainous zone. From the Promenade des Anglais to the legendary Col de la Bonette pass rising up to 2,715 metres on the highest road in Europe, there is a superb terrain for sport, a veritable paradise for physical activity in all its guises that today can be enjoyed throughout the year and in each season: skiing, sailing, running, mountain-biking, hiking, climbing and, of course, cycling as well as cycle touring. In the month of March, the pack will most certainly encounter snow as it arrives at the resort of La Colmiane, located at 1,500 metres above sea level.
Valdeblore La Colmiane is one of the oldest winter sports resorts in the Southern Alps. Founded in 1931, just one hour away from Nice, it boasts thirty kilometres of ski runs situated at between 1,500 and 1,800 metres above sea level and has been a pioneer in developing summer sporting activities with, in particular, the first via ferrata (iron path) climbing route and the biggest zip-line in France. Valdeblore La Colmiane is a link between the Tinée and Vésubie Valleys and lies at the heart of an exceptional terrain for cycling which is a favoured playground of climbers. Each year, in May, it also plays host to the start of the famous Transvésubienne mountain biking race. The 16.3-km climb from Clans is a reminder that the peaks above Nice have witnessed many a feat from great riders, such as on the famous stage on the Tour de France in 1975 between Nice and Pra Loup which visited La Colmiane.