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Where to Ride from Nice – Riding for Views – Mont Chauve
Belvedere : a structure designed to command a view.
Mont Chauve, known as Nice’s ‘bald mountain’, proves that nature constructed one of the best viewpoints the city has to offer. And as a dead-end road, it’s a great option for a quiet cycling climb close to town.
Exit via the Boulevard de Cimiez, lined by belle epoque architecture and continue north until you reach the signs pointing right for Falicon, one of the region’s countless perched villages . Just before Falicon turn left at the mini-roundabout to join the climb.
The switchbacks are laid across the crevice of the mountain at a steady 7% gradient. The back and forth approach allows for a different view with every 180 degree turn. What’s important is to continue past the barrier that comes after 5kms – the final set of switchbacks to the fort at the top are narrow, rougher and completely empty and offer a unique riding experience.
Time your climb for sunset or sunrise to get the best views as far as Italy to the east and Cannes to the west, then descend for a post-ride refreshment beside the sea.
Take the lightweight Fleurette jersey for the tough, south-facing climb of Nice's bald mountain, which is a quick but often hot escape from the city.
Mont Chauve offers one of the best views of Nice and the Baie des Anges. You can also discover Nissa La Bella from street level, through the lens of Benedict Campbell.
1 - THE ROUTE
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.
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.
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.
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.