In search of winter warmth I headed to the glistening shores of the Côte d’Azur in March for our second shoot of the season for The Col Collective. A haven for the pros this area boasts a diverse mixture of riding and terrain, from coastal roads to the popular Col de la Madone, all the way up to the high mountains of the Mercantour National Park. Since we were only in town for three days we needed to max out our schedule (naturally) and there was no better way to start than with the Col de Turini, its turns made famous by the Monte Carlo Rally. From the sea to banks of snow at the summit it felt like we went through all the seasons in just a matter of hours. Day two and it was time for the ‘Madone double’, starting with the climb made famous by Lance Armstrong, before heading off the beaten track for the beautiful and little known Madone d’Utelle. A closed road in the gorge en route to the second climb meant a one hour detour and a sure fire race against daylight to get the filming finished in time! With three climbs in the bag it was time to turn our attention to something a little different when we caught up with Joe Dombrowski, riding for Cannondale-Drapac Education First. Having been in Nice for the last six years there’s no better person to give us the low down on the area and what makes it so good for cycling. Stay tuned, videos coming soon. Until then, enjoy the photos…..