Nice, the capital of the French Riviera and fifth largest city in France (with 350,000 inhabitants), is the second tourist destination and has the second busiest airport in the country (with five million visitors and fourteen million passengers every year). Its unique environment and pleasant climate make it an exceptional location and a very attractive setting for major international cycling events.
As well as Paris-Nice, which has been turning Nice into a cathedral of cycling every March since 1933, the city was proud to host the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in August 2020. The kick-off of the 107th edition of the Grande Boucle again laid bare the huge cycling potential of Nice and its region for the whole world to see.
The closing stage of Paris-Nice will continue this tradition. The closing stage of Paris-Nice will continue this tradition. It features an ascent of the legendary Col d'Èze, which overlooks the Mediterranean from nearly 500 masl. It is the perfect symbol of this ambition and offers a majestic view of the French Riviera, from the famous Cap Ferrat in the west to Italy in the east.
It is magnificent and ambitious, just like the innovative mobility policy of the Nice Côte d'Azur metropolitan area, which focuses on the development of its bicycle path network (now 170km long), subsidies for purchasing bicycles, the development of the Vélobleu bicycle sharing system (over 17,000 users) for over a decade and the launch of the vélos bleus e-bikes. Other measures include the development of almost 1,000 km of MTB and electric MTB tracks, making roads safe for cyclists and the deployment of signs reminding road users of basic road sharing concepts throughout the region. Not to mention the creation of 37 cycling tourism circuits and the promotion of its mountain passes, which have set the stage for some of the most epic battles in cycling, with signs following the Tour de France template.
And, finally, a project unparalleled in France: a 261km MTB trail linking Auron and Nice and showcasing the most stunning panoramas in the metropolitan area, crossing sixteen towns and cities and stopping over in seven.
Nice Côte d'Azur is building a holistic ecosystem for cycling, a driver of public health, economic growth, tourism and sustainable development.