Nice – Draguignan

I had been cycling on the Mediterranean coast since Savona for a few days. I continued west from Nice through the lovely town of Antibes to Cannes. Just behind Cannes—in Mandelieu – La Napoule—I turned inland and started climbing into Provence.

View of street in Cannes, France with people on the streets and many stores

This day had everything from steep washed out dirt roads to smooth new tarmac roads winding up and down amazing Provençal Hills. Absolute solitude for hours, climbing through forests and beautiful small towns perched on hill-tops.

Selfie taken overhead, showing my helmet and bike on a dirt road
Bike with bags and panniers, several bottles of water and other drinks in the foreground on the floor
View of village center with a well in the south of France. Old houses on both sides of a narrow street with a cat coming up the street.

Going into Draguignan, I went down a few steep descents. Occasionally, it felt that I was just about to topple over, and it was hard to hold the bike straight and upright. Just a few minutes after getting a baguette and some drinks at a mini mart and checking into my hotel for the night, it started raining. I was very fortunate to have stayed dry.

View over Draguignan framed by trees, traffic sign indicating a descent of 25%
Map of my ride from Nice to Draguignan
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Watch a reel for this stage on Instagram