Diana Panchyk, CEO and Founder; Cycling and Fitness Coach
A native New Yorker, Diana began racing in city parks as a teenager, and quickly moved up the ranks to the Junior Olympics of Cycling and
international racing. A lifelong athlete, she spent 14 years racing road and mountain bikes, making her way to the elite/pro women’s team Advil-Chapstick in 2005, and rode for the US Women's Cycling Development Program. She is a USA Cycling certified coach and currently competes in running races, duathlons and cyclosportive races.
A Francophile and frequent traveler, she has always been inspired and impressed by the culture of cycling in France and the breathtaking setting of the French Riviera. Azur Vélo is a product of this inspiration, offering cyclists a chance to experience professional treatment, support and guidance, while enjoying the treasure of the Côte d’Azur’s extraordinary roads.
Jeanne Collonge, Pro Triathlete & Bespoke Training Camp Host
Jeanne is a highly accomplished professional triathlete with many impressive victories in her career (which is still going strong!!). She was the 2012 French National Champion of long distance, and in 2016, Jeanne won the long distance triathlons of Alpe d'Huez and Gérardmer and took second place at the Ironman of Wales. She also won the prestigious Embrunman triathlon in 2013, setting a course record when she won! She is faster than most men, and when she does a cyclosportive race for training, she finishes with guys who are among the top competitive cyclists.
Jeanne is available as a special guest host for bespoke triathlon camps. We recommend reserving early to take advantage of this unique opportunity, as Jeanne's number 1 priority is her own training and competition since she is still one of the top triathletes in the world!
Yves Cordier, Elite Ironman Recon and Triathlon Coaching
Make the most of your Ironman preparation with Yves Cordier, the official organizer of Ironman Nice, Ironman Nice 70.3 and the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Add a one or two day bespoke package to an existing trip or training camp with Azur Vélo, or book a custom IM training camp during your holiday in the French Riviera. Yves will give participants a unique insider’s perspective and invaluable insight on strategies for training, preparation and race day.
Yves has a contagious enthusiasm for the sport and a wealth of knowledge and expertise in triathlon coaching and competition, with an impressive palmarès of his own, including 5 victories at the prestigious XXL triathlon Embrunman, and the title of European Champion of Triathlon in 1989. Individuals and groups participating in our bespoke triathlon recon events will have the incredible opportunity to work closely with Yves, benefiting from his expertise as a word-class competitive triathlete, IM event organizer, and longtime coach to some of the world’s top professional triathletes.
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Fred Lacadee, Elite Ride Leader
Fred has been a competitive cyclist for many years and is still a top racer in the region. In 2016, Fred won the French racing federation title of age group champion in the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region. It's no wonder because Fred regularly trains with world-class cyclists in the breathtaking area surrounding Monaco. He knows the entire region very well and is especially familiar with the beautiful roads and mountain passes between Nice and the Italian Riviera.
Fred brings his longtime love of cycling and his wealth of knowledge about training and competition to Azur Vélo. He is happy to accompany visitors of all levels as they discover the fantastic region for themselves.
Philippe Valini, VIP Assistance and Mechanical Support
Philippe will greet you with a smile and help you make the most of your cycling trip, training camp, race recon or pro race viewing trip. A long-time resident of the region, he knows the roads of the French Riviera inside-out and will support you from behind the wheel of the Azur Vélo assistance vehicle, or at rest and refreshment stops set-up in ideal spots along your route.
When you choose our VIP support, you can focus on your cycling and let us take care of all the little details to make your trip as comfortable and memorable as possible, including: private VIP greeting at route start; the best snacks and refreshments including local specialties and gourmet items; your personal items carried in the vehicle in case you need them along the route; mechanical assistance as needed; recon of Ironman events with focus on specific sections; and start/finish in different places.
Alexandre Blain, Pro Ride Leader; Triathlon Coach
Alexandre brings a wealth of experience to our staff, with an extensive background both in professional cycling and triathlon. He raced both on UCI Pro and Continental cycling teams, and recently switched his focus to triathlon, a sport where he excels and is now considered one of the top athletes in this challenging discipline, with an impressive palmares including his recent 12th overall finish at Ironman Nice 2019.
This accomplished professional athlete has numerous qualifications as a coach and a guide, speaks fluent English, and is eager to show trip and training camp participants the best of our beautiful region while adapting to their individual cycling and training needs. He is also one of our main ride leaders for Ironman Nice and Ironman 70.3 course Recons.
The Azur Vélo Staff
Kieran Page, Pro/Elite Ride Leader
Kieran is an experienced and accomplished cyclist originally from the United Kingdom. He has been cycling for over 20 years, 10 of which spanned a competitive career on the road and the track, where he amassed 11 British National titles, as well as winning Britain's first gold medal in the Youth Olympics and several European track medals.
Kieran is an experienced cycling guide with the prestigious French diplomas to certify his extensive training. Because he has been living in the region for years, Kieran knows the extraordinary roads of the Riviera and the mountains inside and out. He is bilingual, very familiar with the local culture, and eager to share the best of the Côte d'Azur with visiting cyclists!