Café Du Cycliste Gran Fondo Series

We are pleased to announce a trio of Gran Fondos in the Alpes-Maritimes, Where We Ride. With exclusive access to the Mercantour National Park, known as one of France's wildest, and including Europe's Highest Road* these cyclosportives offer an attractive alternative with the same physical challenges as L'Etape du Tour and La Marmotte.

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TURINI | 3rd June 2018 | Saint Martin-Vesubie

The parcours takes on the twisting switchbacks of all sides of the Col more famous for its place in World Rally history, and includes a single climb that traverses three passes - Braus, L'Ablé and L'Orme - before the second topping of Turini.

Finish, if your legs permit, by 'climbing with wolves' through alpine forests and beside river gorges up and past the Alpha Parc des Loups, on the undiscovered alpine gem known as Le Boréon.

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BONETTE | 17 June 2018 | Valberg

Europe's Highest Sportive, La Mercan'Tour Bonette will go to 2,802m if mother nature allows. The only sportive to cross the heart of the Mercantour National Park, with four hors catégorie cols and run in the opposite direction for 2018, the Bonette is boss. Three distance options deliver corresponding elevation profiles to match your ambition. Pick your parcours and savour the best of our region.

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LADIES | 8th May 2018 | La Gaude - Valberg

New for 2018, the Café du Cycliste Ladies Gran Fondo is a celebration of female cycling. From just behind the coast into the depths of the mountains, the parcours follows the gentler slopes of Nice's l'arrière-pays before going against the flow of the Var river. Tip toe on the balcony road of the Gorges du Dalouis, carving through the dramatic red rocks before climbing to the mountain resort of Valberg.

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Photos are available for use in our PRESSKIT.

Click HERE to discover more details of all three Sportives and contact if you are interested in riding any or all of the events.

*we know it's not technically the highest road, but with the cime at 2,802m we think it should be enough to test the legs.

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