With a long winter of polar vortices and record snowfall, we at Higher Gear are eagerly anticipating Spring. (In fact, we’re heading outdoors for our First Ride of Spring, whether the weather agrees with us or not!)
We in the Midwest are not alone in suffering through this tough winter. As we dream of heading south to warmer weather, so do the pro cyclists who will be at the starting line of the Paris-Nice in Mantes-la-Jolie, France on Sunday, March 9th. Departing from the cold, grey skies of Paris’ suburbs, professional riders head south towards the clear blue French Riviera in what is aptly named, The Race to the Sun.
In its 72st year for 2014, Paris-Nice will take riders in eight stages over eight days over 1,447km.
Unlike other years, the 72nd edition of the Race to the Sun will finish, not at the top of the Col d’Èze, but in the center of Nice itself.
In between the race’s start and finish, pro racers will have their share of Category 2 and 3 climbs and, as they approach Nice and the mountains in the south, even a few Cat 1 climbs, like the Col d’Èze.
With a course completely devoid of time-trialing and decisive climbs, the 2014 Paris–Nice favors the all-rounders.
Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team), Richie Porte (Sky Pro Cycling), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro) and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) are all in contention, but none are the hands-down favorite to reach Nice first. This is anybody’s race!
On Sunday, March 16th, 4:30pm (Central), NBC Sports Network will air a recap of the week’s events. Check here for options for live updates and online viewing.
Once the pro riders reach Nice, they’ll have two weeks before they’ll face off again at Milano-San Remo, the first Spring Classic of the year and is one of the Five Monuments of cycling.
- Learn about the Spring Classics
- Check out our February 2014 BOM: Specialized S-Works Roubaix SL4
- Check out our January 2014 BOM: Bianchi Infinito CV
Thinking about what rides you’re going to be doing this spring? Come into Higher Gear. We’ll get you set up on the right bike for you.
Join us for our First Ride of Spring!