Where to Ride from Nice – Getting High on the Bonette

It’s a lesser-known fact that ‘Europe’s Highest Road’ is within reach from the Café HQ on Nice’s Old Port. Two entirely different worlds within a short drive, or a longer self-made Audax if you want to go Beach to the Bonette

This ride is based on a 1.5 hour drive up the Tinée valley, to the town of Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée. Join the climb directly from the village and get ready for a day of zero flat riding by climbing and descending both sides of the mountain, each at 24km long.

Descend the north side and do a ‘démi-tour’ in Jausiers to climb the northern side. Open pastures and slightly more gentle gradients become steeper sections and Rocky Mountain-esque cliff faces that lead to the ‘Café 2,000m’. Take this chance to re-group before the difficult section to Lac de Eissaupres that marks the beginning of the last quarter of the climb. At the col, summon the energy to make the extra 1km steep climb to the Cime. Marvel at the panorama in front of you which will make the debate about whether this is actually the highest road in Europe seem inconsequential.

Where to Ride from Nice – Getting High on the Bonette

KEY KIT

Going this high it’s important to pack a jacket. Suzette is a light and packable yet fully water-proof cycling jacket to provide outer shell protection against high mountain weather possibilities.

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Where to Ride from Nice – Getting High on the Bonette

RIDE INSIGHTS

Don't forget to add the loop of the Cime de la Bonette which climbs above the Col to achieve the 2,802m elevation. The views are stunning and it's where someone had the crazy idea to stage the Highest Crit in the World.

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1 - THE ROUTE

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2 - RENT AND RIDE

Travel light and book your bike. We offer a range of rental bikes, the R5 Cervelo road bike and the Aspero Cervelo gravel bike along with titanium road bikes from French marque Leon. Each bike is complete with pedals, tool bag and rear light while, if needed, each rental can also include Specialized shoes and helmet.

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3 - THE CAFÉ

Located on the Old Port, our café is the prefect pre and post-ride meeting place. With some routes that begin almost outside, excellent coffee and a full range of our clothing collections for men and women. There are weekly rides as well if you’d like to discover riding on the Cote D’Azur with like minded companions.

other rides

When the ville of Nice decided to use #nicecyclingparadise to promote the grand depart of the 2020 Tour de France, there was definite method in the madness. If Paradise Lost has over ten thousand lines of verse, this cycling paradise found has almost as many routes, roads, stretches, views, climbs, cols, lacets, stops and starting points. Enough at least to satisfy even the most discerning cyclist.

Our Badges

To celebrate the local climbs and the roads we ride, we created a badge for each of our local cols, collected together in our Montagne à la Carte series. After that we raised our eyes and we added badges for some of the world's iconic climbs, creating our Montagnes du Monde series.

Ride the climb and claim the badge. From Col d'Eze on our doorstep to Alpe d’Huez, Wuling, Koppenberg and beyond.

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Where to Ride from Nice – Getting High on the Bonette
Where to Ride from Nice – Getting High on the Bonette
Where to Ride from Nice – Getting High on the Bonette