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The most beautiful spots of the 100km race

The most beautiful spots of the 100km race, from Roubion to Nice
The lords of La Tinée

The lords of La Tinée

Roubion is the your typical village perché - a village perched at the top of a relief. This small town is built on a rocky ridge, a magnificent defensive site, once fortified, hence considered unconquerable. It was the stronghold of the powerful Grimaldi de Beuil family, who were the main architects of the uprising of Nice against the Savoys. Roubion is the iconic start line of the 100 kilometer race towards Nice. The valley of Vionène - colored by red limestone - allows to reach another exceptional village perché, Roure, where the authentic art of living is preserved.

The mountain villages

The village perchés and the other villages at the bottom of the valley have kept their traditional houses, with roofs made of lauze or shingles. Along the Tinée river, the churches and chapels built between the XII and the XVIII century offer a marvelous collection of Romanesque bell towers in the typical alpine style. Their "diamond point" silhouettes are of Lombard style. The slopes, converted into vast alpine pastures for cattle or plantation, are home to a multitude of barns and isolated hamlets. The pine trees forests and chestnut groves -with their several shades of green - match perfectly with the bright red of pelite rocks and the shades of gray of the limestones and gneiss hills. You will cross the villages of Roure, Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée, Rimplas and Bolline de Valdeblore.

The mountain villages
Crêtes des Préalpes

Crêtes des Préalpes

The atmosphere of the trails winding through Aleppo and maritime pines, hornbeams and olive trees, is home to colonies of cicadas. The course leads to Mount Ferion view point, the highest alpine ridge that that overlooks the Nice countryside. It is an impressive sentinel that dominates the Paillon valley, considered the gateway to the urban metropolis. At its feet are the cities of Levens, Aspremont, Tourettes-Levens. Here, the more modern housing style highlights the proximity of the French Riviera.

The foothills of the Mediterranean Sea

Crossing the river Paillon, the last small ascents to the Leuze and Vinaigrier mountains offer exceptional views of the beaches of the Riviera, 500 m below. The paths are scented with the fragrance of the Mediterranean plants. Like birds of prey flying over the shores, you will contemplate the fabulous harbor of Villefranche, main harbor of the county of Nice and the Duché de Savoie until the 18th century. The historical route - with its hills and forts overlooking Nice - have been strategic spots since Roman times.

The foothills of the Mediterranean Sea
Nissa la bella

Nissa la bella

The descent leading to the capital of the Metropolis, finish line of the epic 100 Km race, leads to the Mont Alban square fort. The coastal trail offers an amazing view over the baie des Anges and through the maritime pines. After crossing the Lympia harbor - colored by the "pointus", traditional fishermen's boats - you will at last reach the finish line of the Promenade des Anglais.