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(almost) Paris – Nice

Paris-Nice logoThe start of the cycling season in France is marked by the somewhat mis-named Paris-Nice race which runs from 10 – 17 March 2019 . Mis-named because although it does indeed finish in Nice it does not always start in Paris. Each year it pushes off from the outskirts of the capital – in 2014 from Mantes-la-Jolie (78 Yvelines, Ile de France) and in 2018 from Chatou.(78 Yvelines, Ile de France). For 2019 the start is in St Germain-en-Laye (78 Yvelines, Ile de France). This major race is early in the season and involves crossing the Alps. Although busy it is a rare treat to watch the race by the Mediterranean and in the milder climate in Nice after a British winter,

It is also known as the “Race to the Sun” and extends over 1200 km in the week.

The 2019 route includesParis-Nice map

  • Bellegarde (45 Loiret, Centre-Val-de-Loire)
  • Moulins (03 Allier, ARA)
  • Vichy (03 Allier, ARA)
  • Barbentane (13 Bouches-du-Rhône, ProvencePACA)
  • Brignolres (84 Var, Provence PACA)
  • Nice (06 Alpes-Maritimes, Provence PACA) where the race finishes on the Promenade des Anglais.


Even if you are not a cycling fan, the race and its paraphernalia is quite a spectacle and will pass through some glorious countryside.  Sir Bradley Wiggins won this race in 2012.

For more info on the route see

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