my triathlon journey
Come train with seasoned cyclists and Ironman champions in one of the most scenic parts of the world, while enjoying luxury countryside accommodations, fine cuisine and a variety of non-cycling activities including daily yoga and meditation sessions.
Whether you are a beginner, an avid cyclist or a competitive cyclist/triathlete, this camp has something for everyone. Choose the rides each day that best suit your cycling and sightseeing goals:
Petits Parcours: Rides from 20 to 40 miles with a focus on sightseeing; rolling terrain with no major difficulties
Moyens Parcours: Rides from 30-70 miles with area mountain passes; skills sessions and individualized training
Grands Parcours: Rides from 50-90+ miles with area mountain passes; skills sessions and individualized training
Cycling participants are encouraged to join us for restorative and yin evening yoga – a fantastic way to loosen up tight muscles and experience transformative deep relaxation, stress hormone reduction, profound sleep and faster recovery.
To speed up recovery and keep everyone’s mind and body relaxed, all participants will benefit from a private massage session from our partners at Lior Massages.
Skills and Training sessions offered on the Moyens and Grand Parcours rides include:
April 30, Sunday: After being transferred from the airport to your accommodations, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy some refreshments by the heated pool at our villa. Our mechanic will assist you in setting up your bike. We’ll have a late lunch and take a walk through Grasse before a session of evening yoga. We’ll have a convivial group dinner at the villa.
May 1, Monday: After a lovely breakfast of regional specialties, we’ll head out for our first ride, which will be light to moderate for all groups. You’ll be able to get acclimated on your bike while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the arrière pays grassois. We’ll stop for lunch and coffee during our ride before heading back in time to enjoy the afternoon at the villa or your hotel. Non-cycling participants are welcome to do a morning yoga session, followed by a trip to the seaside. Sunset yoga will be offered to the entire group. We’ll have dinner next door at the Michelin starred restaurant in the Hotel Bastide St Antoine.
May 2, Tuesday: This will be a longer day on the bike for everyone. The Moyen and Grand Parcours groups will ride part of the Ironman Nice course, which includes some great mountain passes like the Col de l’Ecre and the Col de Vence, while the Petit Parcours group will do a shorter ride to visit some of the medieval villages in the area. Morning yoga will be offered to non-cycling participants. We’ll have dinner at a local restaurant with regional specialties.
May 3, Wednesday: We’ll have a relaxing breakfast, followed by morning yoga and an optional group recovery ride. Cyclists can speed up their recovery with a massage by our partners at Lior massages. In the afternoon, the entire group will head to Monaco, where we will have a VIP visit of Monte Carlo and the Palais de Monaco before cocktails and dinner.
May 4, Thursday: The Petit Parcours group will have another lovely day of cycling in the area. The Moyen and Grand Parcours groups will have an epic day of cycling, which will include the legendary Col de la Madone. The Grand Parcours group will leave from our accommodations in Grasse for a 140-160km ride, while the Moyen Parcours group is transferred to Nice to start a scenic 70-100km ride. We’ll have dinner at a fine local restaurant.
May 5, Friday: After fueling up on a nutritious breakfast, all cycling groups will leave for a ride along the coast. The Moyen and Grand Parcours groups will head into the hills after some scenic seaside kilometers, while the Petit Parcours group will stay by the water. Non-cycling participants will have morning yoga and a chance to go shopping in Grasse. Cycling participants will be able to take advantage of our evening yoga session before we have a convivial group dinner at the villa.
May 6, Saturday: For our grand finale ride, we will head to the breathtaking Gorge du Verdon National Park. All cycling groups will enjoy the spectacular scenery in this magical setting. We’ll have a mid-ride lunch before returning to Grasse. Non-cycling participants can spend the day relaxing at the villa and doing yoga, or request an alternate activity to be coordinated. We’ll have our final dinner together at one of the best restaurants in town, famous for its Mediterranean cuisine and pizza.
May 7, Sunday: We’ll have a goodbye brunch at the villa before departure to the airport.
*Please note that the above itinerary is subject to slight modifications based on the weather forecast and specific group training objectives.
Location and Accommodations:
We will be staying in luxurious countryside accommodations just outside the charming and picturesque city of Grasse, otherwise known as the perfume capital of the world. Grasse is located is right on the Ironman Nice race course, just a few miles away from Cannes and about 20 miles northwest of Nice International Airport.
Choose your room in our lovely 18th century villa, or stay right next door in the Bastide St. Antoine, a 5 star hotel with a 2 star Michelin restaurant.
Group breakfasts, yoga sessions and general pre and post ride gatherings will take place at the villa, nestled in a 3,700 acre olive tree garden (and yes, we have our very own olive oil!). Our retreat participants will enjoy relaxing by the outdoor heated pool and dining together on one of the beautiful outdoor patios. Yoga and meditation sessions will also be held outdoors, in the calm and relaxing setting of the olive tree grove.
Accommodations and Pricing:
Personalize your trip by choosing the room in our beautiful villa or the adjacent 5-star hotel best suited to your needs. Please see room descriptions and pricing below.
Early Bird Special ~ 10% discount per person for all reservations confirmed by November 30, 2016
Villa Provençal Accommodations:
Private Deluxe Studio (below):
Master Queen Bedroom (below):
Classic Queen Bedroom (below):
Twin Bedroom (below):
Hotel Bastide St. Antoine Accommodations:
5 Star luxury hotel next door to our villa
Set within 5 hectares of Mediterranean gardens, connected to our villa, this 18th-century 5-star hotel offers magnifient views of the surrounding Cote d’Azur. Guests can relax in the outdoor swimming pool and hot tub or enjoy gourmet food at the Michelin-starred restaurant.
Classic Room (below):
Deluxe Room (below):
Included in the trip package:
Airport transfer (to and from Nice International Airport)
Mechanical assistance with bike set up
1 lunch; 1 brunch
Daily yoga and meditation sessions
Other non-cycling activities
Not included in the trip package*:
Meals (not mentioned in “Included” list) and incidentals
Non-cycling activities coordinated on request
*Rental road bikes are available at an additional fee. Please contact us for more information about specific bikes and rental rates.
Head Coaches and Hosts:
Hana Sykorova: has 14 years of elite triathlon racing experience, with 50+ podium finishes. She is current year’s Ironman Nice Age Group winner, three times World Championship in Kona qualifier, qualifying upon each of her attempts at the Ironman distance. She attributes her injury-free years to her yoga practice and is a certified yoga teacher by the Kula Collective. She loves to share her knowledge of various meditation and yoga traditions, with particular focus on the breath/ kundalini, as well as yin practice, which accesses the connective tissues and prevents injuries. Combined with her nutrition knowledge/ certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she looks forward to creating a culinary, healthy experience at the villas. More on Hana at: http://www.hanasykorova.wordpress.com;wwww.facebook.com/jayahana108; hanasykorova-coaching.com
Diana Panchyk: A native New Yorker, Diana began racing in city parks as a teenager, and quickly moved up the ranks to the Junior Olympics of Cycling and international racing. A lifelong athlete, she spent 14 years racing road and mountain bikes, making her way to the elite/pro women’s team Advil-Chapstick in 2005, and rode for the US Women’s Cycling Development Program. She began running in 2008, and currently competes in running races, duathlons and the occasional cyclosportive race.
A Francophile and frequent traveler, she has always been inspired and impressed by the culture of cycling in France and the breathtaking setting of the French Riviera. She is the Founder and CEO of Azur Vélo, a product of this inspiration, offering cyclists a chance to experience professional treatment, support and guidance, while enjoying the treasure of the Côte d’Azur’s extraordinary roads. More on Azur Velo at: www.azurvelo.com
Other cycling hosts and coaches may be found on our Azur Vélo staff page.
We will also have surprise VIP special guests joining us.
Aurelie Lior: A Cote d’Azur local, Aurelie believes a personalized full body massage taking into account a comprehensive approach to the human body (physical, mental, emotional and energetic) is key for realignment to arrive at freedom and optimal functioning on all levels. Working with local essential oils and relaxing sounds, you will be pampered and ready for your next physical or mental challenge. Whether you like your massage strong or soothing, you will leave with a big smile on your face. More on Lior Massages at: http://www.lior-bien-etre.fr
and secure your spot with a $1000/ per person deposit. Remainder will be invoiced and payable 60 days or prior to camp/ yoga retreat.
Inquiries and registration request without deposit can be submitted at: http://www.azurvelo.com/the-azur-cycling—yoga-retreat-reservation-request.html
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Bike camp/ yoga retreat registration closes March 13th, 2017.
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“The riding around Grasse was perfect. It was so wonderful to climb to the extraordinary views of the sea, mountains, and the perched villages, kind of like riding through a fairy tale. Many of the rides called to mind Cezanne’s paintings, especially those of the mountains. Every ride was a perfect ride, each with a coffee break and lunch in yet another magical place.”
“Yoga classes were right in line with what we needed after those amazing days of riding. They helped me and my body handle all that pedaling with ease and fluidity. The same is true regarding the massage. One sometimes doesn’t notice when all feels good and is going along fine, but the week could easily have been one of nagging tightness and increased muscle tension. Instead, both body and spirit were relaxed and ready.”
“The villa is beautiful and comfortable, and you made us all feel very much at home. I loved how the doors and windows were always open, so that the week felt lived outside. And what an outside it was. The gardens, the fruit trees, the olive grove, the terrace. Truly, it was a paradise.”
“The food was extraordinary. It seems the first thing people ask when one returns from France is “how was the food?” Well, it was fresh, healthy, and delicious in every way, made even better by good wine and great conversation. Thank you for arranging for the incredible restaurants – some of the best meals of my life – and for Aurore’s delicious home-made preparations. Her food was so beautifully prepared and thoughtfully combined, every mouthful a treat. I’m newly inspired in the kitchen, and am eating even more artfully than before. This foodie says thank you!”