For all terrain biking, the Région Sud is loaded with exceptional destinations for rides that combine pleasure and physical effort in a breath-taking setting.
Find out about the five best places for mountain biking in Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur.
THE TERRES NOIRES
The essential spot for rides
The Terres Noires is a prime setting for unique experiences. This playground in the Préalpes is recognised for its technical and physically demanding mountain bike routes, whose steep, gut-busting trails will delight experienced mountain bike riders.
Surrounded by Alpine-Provençal vegetation and Scots pines and larches, this natural pump track is set in the middle of a lunar landscape. Demanding routes and unique landscapes – the perfect combo for your enduro ride.
You can access the Terres Noires via Digne-les-Bains or Marcoux.
MOUNTAIN BIKE DESCENT AT THE VARS SKI RESORT
100 kilometres of mountain bike trails for all levels
At the heart of the Hautes-Alpes, the Vars ski resort is ideal for your family mountain bike ride or to satisfy your desire for thrills.
Mountain bike fans, bow down to the queen of descents: 32 kilometres between Vars and Embrun, one of Europe’s longest. Another essential feature of this complex is the Taillefer trail, a route used for the World Downhill Mountain Bike Cup.
The bonus: the Vars ski lifts are open every day in the summer.
THE ÎLES D’OR AND HYÈRES BY MOUNTAIN BIKE
Where mountain bikes and heavenly beaches meet
Hyères and the Îles d’Or offer 95 kilometres of certified mountain bike trails and three levels of routes that will charm mountain bike riders of all levels.
After a visit to the welcome point at the Toulon Provence Méditerranée Velodrome, located in Hyères, sail over to the island of Porquerolles. This preserved area is home to picturesque coves that are worth the visit. Don’t miss the Plage Notre Dame, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
The island’s farms and huge forests will also enchant you during your ride.
Enduro and cross country at Mont Chauve
Biking and Ventoux go together as naturally as “legendary climb” and “Tour de France.” The Giant of Provence is also the ideal playground for mountain bike enthusiasts.
Between the Luberon and the Baronnies Provençales, the VTT-FFC area offers 13 routes of all levels and 220 kilometres of trails for cross-country and Enduro enthusiasts.
On site, the local fauna and flora will wow you. With more than 1,200 inventoried plant varieties, 120 species of birds, and the presence of large mammals, Mont Ventoux is part of a network of 500 world biosphere reserves that are recognised by UNESCO.
THE COASTAL COUNTRYSIDE OF THE ALPES-MARITIMES
Pedalling between land and sea
The coastal countryside offers you 10 mountain bike routes ranging from 7 to 16 kilometres long – ideal for your family rides.
Admire the varied panoramas where verdant Mediterranean vegetation, the ochre and orange rocks of the Estérel Massif, and the turquoise sea combine for a colourful natural backdrop.
We haven’t forgotten the most athletic cyclists – some routes require a bit of effort. As is the case for the route that leads to Mont Arpasse, offering a spectacular viewpoint over the Vallée du Var and the Vallée de l‘Estéron.
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Cécile Ravanel is pure Var, born and bred in this picturesque Provençal region. Born in Fréjus and currently living in Montauroux, she knows even the smallest trails in the department by heart. Now a three-time world champion of enduro (a discipline midway between cross-country and downhill), she talks to us about her love for the Var - which she now shares with her champion husband – and reveals the spots that made her a professional athlete.
THE TOP CYCLING EVENTS IN THE RÉGION SUD
Events are subject to change and cancellation.
Road cycling races, mountain bike rallies, public timed trials, and more. Région Sud is a mecca for sports enthusiasts. We selected the top cycling events in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, which will delight those taking part as much as the spectators.