Tour of Corsica - Road Cycling
Corsica & France, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,640 (land only)
The Classic Road Biking Tour of Corsica
With spectacular coastal riding, stunning mountains, beautiful forests, why not attempt Corsica`s Tour de France Cols on a Cannondale CAAD8 hire bike! Check out these hotly reviewed bikes here .
- A road cycling holiday to rival the more famous Alpine tours
- The red granite Calanques of Piana, soaring out of the blue sea
- Beautiful pine forests of the Col de Bavella and Mont Incudine
- Cycle back in time through the chestnut forests of Castagniccia
- Secluded coves and beaches of Corsicas north-west coast.
The opening three days of the 2013 Tour de France has put the Mediterranean Island of Corsica firmly on the road biking map, for both islanders and cyclists from all over the world. Our new 'Tour de Corse' is a beautiful and challenging 7-day road ride to rival any of the more famous Alpine tours. We begin and end in Bastia, a 15th century port with cultural links to Italy and its Genoese rulers of days long gone by. Our first full day riding is around the northern headland of Cap Corse, through secluded coves and by the sun-kissed beaches of Corsica's north-west coast. From Calvi, we continue south along the beautiful coast line and cross the Col de Palmarelia to reach Porto, gateway to the stunning Calanques de Piana. Leaving the coast, we climb the Col de Vergio to follow Corsica's mountainous spine south, through sleepy villages, craggy mountains and forested hillsides. En-route we tackle the Col Sorba, Col de Verde and finally the Col du Bavella to reach the beaches of Corsica's southeast coast. Our return to Bastia is via the chestnut forests of Castagniccia and the 17th century village of Piedicroce, an area that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. A final celebratory meal in Bastia's charming port marks the end of a superb road biking holiday through some of Corsica's most beautiful coastal and mountain scenery.
Is this holiday for you?
With 10,000 metres/33,000 feet of ascent and descent (days 2-5 approx 2000 metres/6500feet) over 725 kilometres (450 miles), this is a challenging trip. The cols are not high by Alpine standards and the gradients of the climb average around 5-7%. However, the undulating coastal scenery and the possibility of winds from the sea can add significantly to the challenge. This is a supported ride - at the start of the day, when the group sets off biking, your kit bag will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight hotel. During the morning, the support vehicle will make a number of stops to allow the riders to regroup and refuel. There will also be a pre-arranged rendezvous with the support vehicle for lunch. After lunch, whilst the support vehicle driver will usually go ahead to sort out the next night's accommodation, he can always be called back if he is needed. The support vehicle can only ever carry a carry a couple of riders and their bikes, in the case of tiredness or mechanical breakdown. You are free to cycle at your own pace and need only carry the normal tool kit and spares that you would take on any day ride. This is not a holiday for inexperienced cyclists - a good level of physical fitness and stamina will be required. This is a superb trip for regular club, sportive and randonee riders. Limited Cannondale CAAD8 bike hire available locally. Rider reviews of the CAAD8 can be accessed via this link.