Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2018 Itinerary

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Monday 7th May     Arrival

In the afternoon, you will be met at Nice International Airport for the transfer to your base for the first 2 nights in the mountain village of Sospel.

After freshening up we will head out for a spin to settle onto our bikes before dinner at a local restaurant.

 

Tuesday 8th May     le Parcours au Cent Lacets

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Our first day will be a ride like no other, stunning scenery, challenging and rewarding in equal measure, we can’t think of a better way to kickstart our riding deep in the heart of the dramatic Alpes-Maritimes.

When you think of the worlds most classically beautiful roads, they are in the mountains. Their character defined by what the French call “Lacets”, or hairpins as we know them. They draw you in, inspiring you to ride and be challenged and to marvel at mans engineering ability to tame the landscape.

So to get you in the mood,  as the title for today suggests, our uniquely plotted route includes over 100 lacets! 100. You will discover for yourself if too many hairpins are not enough!

Our route takes in deep river gorges, thickly forested mountains and breathtaking views as we ride to our peak elevation of 1415 meters. This is a ride you will remember and enjoy retelling for a long time.

Included is a stop by the memorial for René Vietto, the 1935 Tour de France winner.

An afternoon on the terrace of our hotel overlooking the mountains is the perfect place to reflect on our day’s adventure.

Meals included : Breakfast / ride snacks / lunch / dinner

 

Wednesday 9th May     The route of “The Long Knives”

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Rally’s most infamous stage, le Col du Turini is ours to discover and experience. As the Rally Crews compete this incredible stage at night, the die-hard Rally fans call it “the night of the long knives” in reference to the rally cars whose powerful spotlights send piercing blades of light cutting through the night air.

There are two classic routes to col du Turini. They are so iconic, we have to do them both!

All around there are ancient visual distractions, a testament to the centuries of human habitation in these mountains. Sun bleached terracotta tiled hill top villages, chapels in the middle of vast valleys and old viaducts. Awe inspiring landscape.

Of course reaching the Col du Turini will call for a coffee stop and spending some time in the cafe, itself a kind of a Motorsport version of cycling’s Ghisallo Chapel. Its walls filled with memories from decades of Rallying.

After our break we tackle the second iconic Rally route, a down and back, which will be possibly the most exhilarating and challenging 24 riding kilometres you’ve done.

Taking in both routes from both directions offers a unique perspective of the challenges that have faced Rally Crews over the decades and justified Col du Turini’s place as the Holy Grail of Rallying.

Once again, relax on the terrace of our hotel enjoying a well deserved drink.

Meals included : Breakfast / ride snacks / lunch / dinner

 

Thursday 10th May     Allez la Cote d’Azur!

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Today is an epic ride as we leave behind our Alps-Maritime “home” in the historic village of Sospel. After a short climb, we drop down to the Cote d’Azure. A sinuous 15 km down hill cruise, offering glimpses of stone hill top villages, the surrounding mountains and of course the Mediterranean sea. It is hard to think of a better way to start a ride!

After a brief roll along the beach front, we turn right and commence our challenge on the resident Pro’s favourite test climb and another chance to spot cycling royalty!

As a reward for our efforts, we have plotted a 20 km long descent to rest the legs. This is a ride to satisfy every roadie!

Our turn to base is via an upper level “corniche” which offers some of the most incredible views all along the coastline, over tiny coastal villages and further. Mega yachts and boats enjoy the azure waters that give this stretch of coastline its name.

We will stop at the marble monument Trophée d’Auguste, built in 6BC, it was used by the WRC as the traditional podium ceremony backdrop. Seeing it in person for the first time is an amazing experience.

From here we continue along the corniche to our costal base in the medieval resort town of Roquebrun Cap Martin.

After settling in, it is time to take the traditional “dip your toe” in the Mediterranean Sea and recount our rides across the most spectacular WRC roads. Being so close to Italy, of course dinner is booked for one of the most Italian Italian restaurants you will experience.

Tomorrow…..Monaco!

Meals included : Breakfast / ride snacks / lunch / dinner

 

Friday 11th May     Circuit de Monaco GP

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Our last day on the bike gets us intimate with the famous glamorous Monaco Grand Prix circuit.

Coursing along the coast we will cross into Monte Carlo and through its immaculate roads lined with the boutiques of the finest labels.

Joining the circuit on the pit straight, we will complete one full lap non stop. On our second lap we can take our time to soak up the history of this amazing place, look around and get your bearings. Which is your favourite spot? Ste Devote, Casino Square, Loewes Hairpin, the Casino Tunnel, or the Swimming Pool complex. We can stop for a memorial photo and reflect.

You will also get to see your stands where we will be watching all the Historic Grand Prix action over the weekend.

We will return to the hotel for showers and freshen up, before catching the train to head back to the circuit for Friday afternoon’s practice session.

Meals included : Breakfast / ride snacks / lunch / dinner

 

Saturday 12th May     Grand Prix de Monaco Historique – Day 1

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Our first full day at Monaco. Our stand will have you so close to the racing you could almost jump into the cockpit with the driver! Specially selected for you to experience first hand the incredible exhaust notes that have sadly long since gone in the modern F1 era.

During the morning we will visit the paddock area, allowing plenty of time to enjoy your opportunity to get up close and personal to the Grand Prix cars and drivers.

Meals included : Breakfast  / dinner

 

Sunday 13th May     Grand Prix de Monaco Historique – Day 2

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Our stand for the second day is located in another great location offering unparralled viewing of the cars at speed. With no traction control or electronic driver aids you will see just how much the cars move about as the drivers fight to maintain control these high speed works of art on the limit…..and sadly sometimes over it.

You will have the chance to explore another area of Monaco from our stand, taking in some of the magnificent gardens and public spaces. This is also the best time to grab any Monaco souvenirs that you might like to get.

After an exhilarating weekend watching the finest of historic grand prix racing we head back for our final dinner together.

Meals included : Breakfast  / dinner

 

Monday 14th May     Departure day

Sadly it has to come to an end. We will transfer you to either the Nice International Airport or the train station for your on-going journey.

Meals included : Breakfast