Unforgettable San Remo to Nice Ride

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

At the end of the week, we poured over our top 3 moments on the tour and most people shared the same views. The food, the group dynamic and being able to complete all of the cycling were common answers. My magic moment definitely came on those silent few minutes at Saint Aignes. Looking down on the switchbacks I had ridden up, seeing the start point in Menton and further in the distance, the Mediterranean Sea was something I will never forget.

What did you think of your group leader?

Bertrand was very French and was always driving ahead or staying behind us to keep an eye out for hazards or set up a snack/drink stop. It was useful to arrive early and meet him as this gave me time to realise that I forgot my water bottles and discover that my bike computer mount didn’t fit on the bars. A bit stressed at my own mistakes, I asked Bertrand what I could do. He pointed me in the direction of the friendly local bike shop in San Remo along the fantastic cycle path and 15 minutes later, I was all set for the following morning.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Measure your bike at home if you are renting the local one through Exodus so that you have a good starting point to ride. Take your own saddle and pedals. Take enough cycling clothes to wear a fresh set every day.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

With 6 days of cycling, at least one big climb every day, a heavier bike than I was used to and carrying a knee injury from a crash two weeks before departure, it’s fair to say that I was very worried about completing the cycling part of this trip. I knew that I would be able to eat everything on offer – I am very good at that - but sitting in the Challenging/Tough bracket of Exodus’ grading system, hills can be unforgiving and you need to be physically fit enough for the demands. Our party was a mixed bag; three 60-something year old friends from the USA, a young English pair of friends who were keen runners rather than obsessive cyclists (one didn’t have cleats), a couple from New Zealand, 2 Australians looking for warm weather cycling, a solo American and myself. All sorts of different backgrounds and abilities were represented but we all got on well. There was a little competitiveness here and there but the group mostly looked out for and encouraged each other. Jane, the girl without cycling shoes, got stronger and stronger throughout the week and was one of the quicker climbers in the bunch. Advice and information was shared with each other and passed around freely and willingly. Improvements were made by everyone and nobody really got in the support van.