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Cycling and sustainable city life
15. June 2020 marks the day where most EU citizens again can cross borders to explore regions and countries after a very strange and bizar first 6 months in 2020. It is the real start of season for tourism where Lifesparkz Bike Tours is based in Nice in Southern France. It is also the 4th year birthday of our tiny one-woman-led bike tour company, which has so far welcomed hundreds of cyclists from all continents around the Globe.
I moved to Nice in 2015 from Copenhagen out of curiosity for life, the mild climate, the amazing Nature and the charming cultural landscapes in the Côte d'Azur. It did not strike me that I would create a bike tour company before I moved here and realized that people I met found it very special that I'd love to cycle everywhere!! It is a part of my culture and upbringing to cycle as my way to come around. First time I brought my road bike to Nice, I searched for a local bike guide, but could not find an English speaking guide for a reasonable price.
I moved here and I decided to be the one to guide visitors by bike! I started cycling, meeting fellow cyclists and learning routes. Eventually I persuaded some of my new friends to go for a guided bike tour with me as guineapigs. They are still my friends!
I started Lifesparkz Bike Tours out of a mission to make more people discover the Alpes Maritimes by bike! The mission did not change and I am happy to have shown a lot of wonderful people around in one of the World's best regions for especially road bike cycling.
I am a simple woman. Cycling in beautiful Nature, meeting and chatting with open-minded people from all over the world makes me happy. So bike guiding here is a perfect fit for me! Since 2016, I have organised and guided groups from 1-60 persons. The challenge of getting everything sorted out for big groups is exciting - however I have learned that guiding individuals or small groups is much more fun! In times of Covid-19 it is therefore only natural for me to offer tours for groups of max. 6 persons only this year.
When we cycle a few people together, we have a chance to share some hours of our lives. I feel that I meet new friends on every tour. I feel blessed that I am connected to lovely people all over the World with whom, I have had the pleasure of sharing some beautiful moments during a day or two by bike.
Cycling has become the new black for commuting in cities in 2020. I had set up for a big cycling season in Nice with a planned start of the Tour de France in June and one of the biggest sportive cycling races L'Etape du Tour taking place here. COVID-19 set an initial stop for it, but we are happy in the Côte d'Azur that the Tour de France start will still happen here in August. Meanwhile cycling tracks are being tested in towns all along our coastline from Menton to Cannes to make cycling even more appealing when visiting here.
Even if our season starts 3-4 months late in 2020 and we will miss out a good bunch of people from the continents furthest away from us for a bit longer - we hope to still make 2020 a cyclists blast!
4 more years....
A big thanks to all of you who keep supporting this cycling adventure. Fellow guides, family, friends, business partners, former guests and guests to be. The road is free.
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Tina Baltzer, owner of Lifesparkz Bike Tours.