London to Nice Cycle

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Setting off from London, I passed through picturesque Kent countryside down to Dover. Once across the Channel on a ferry, I continued through the small villages and towns to Paris. I then headed toward the regions of Champange and Burgundy before reaching the foot of the Jura Mountains and on in to Geneva. Continuing on through the Alps to Provence and riding through towering mountain peaks en-route, I ended the trip with a fabulous descent through the Gorge du Loup to Nice.

Trip Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Cycled from London through Kent and North Downs to Dover; ferry to Calais
  • DAY 2: Quiet winding roads and old market towns to Arras
  • DAY 3: Followed undulating tree-lined roads to Compiegne, on the banks of the River Oise
  • DAY 4: Rural countryside and villages to outskirts of Paris; finished under Eiffel Tower
  • DAY 5: Rest day in Paris
  • DAY 6: Followed River Seine from central Paris; cycling over undulating roads through small towns and vineyards
  • DAY 7: Quiet roads through ancient villages, farmland and woodland of Burgundy
  • DAY 8: Hillier roads south to Lons-le-Saunier and the foothills of the Jura
  • DAY 9: Mountain climb of Col de la Faucille into Switzerland; fabulous descent to Geneva lakeside
  • DAY 10: Rest day in Geneva
  • DAY 11: Gentle climb south out of Geneva Valley surrounded by beautiful mountains via picturesque lakeside Annecy; climb to Allevard
  • DAY 12: Flatter roads south through spectacular scenery via Grenoble before climbing to Mens and up to Corps
  • DAY 13: Early climb of Col De manse, then cruise on good roads via Gap and Sisteron to thermal spa town Digne-les-Bains
  • DAY 14: Toughest day through the classic Provencal landscapes with tough climbs via Castellane; long spectacular descent to Nice