About Mountain Biking in Nice
For information on individual itineraries and bike parks, see our mountain biking routes.
The French Riviera countryside near to Nice has a real mixture of terrain and trails - something for riders of every ability, from complete beginners to the hard-core expert downhill riders.
From dusty trails, rocky paths, the red cliff of the Esterel and the pine forests that line the coast you will have plenty of terrain and scenery to enjoy. You will find that in the Alpes-Maritimes there are several world class bike parks where the trails are designed and maintained for you to enjoy, some with lift access. And along the coast you can share the walking trails with hikers or head to the FFC (French Cycling Federation) waymarked and graded bike specific trails that adorn the coastal green spaces.
Several of the World's most famous downhill mountain bikers hail from this area, for example Loic Bruni, the 2015 World Champion is from Cagnes sur Mer. You’ll find the terrain in the north incredibly varied with singletrack through limestone, wooded areas, and steep mountainous terrain that will satisfy the most extreme riders. The world famous downhill resort of Sospel is only 45 minutes to an hour away from Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes.
The climate and geography of the area means there’s fantastic riding to be had all year round – in summer, the higher alpine resorts offer cooler air, whilst the mild climate during the rest of the year makes it a pleasure to enjoy the trails facing the sea.