tour de Corse
(Corsica - Ile de
26 September - 4th
In the past we have
combined tours of Corsica and Sardinia, and each time we have had
the sensation that we were leaving some important sections of both
islands out of our riding because of lack of time.
This sensation was always confirmed by the riders with us, so
for this year and in future, we shall dedicate a full week to
Corsica and a full week to Sardinia.
7 days might seem a lot dedicated to each island, but it will give you a
chance to do things without being rushed and get a real feel about
these unique islands.
The succession of corners and
views, and the superb condition of the roads, offering immense
grip, offer probably the best riding in the world together with
Sardinia. Yes, it beats
the Alps and it beats Tuscany. Believe us!
But Corsica isn't only about riding. Towns such as Calvi, Bastia,
Ajaccio, and Bonifacio all offer great insights into understanding
this island. Whilst the coastal roads offer grip and continuous
views of the Mediterranean sea, inland there are enchanted valleys
with alpine scenery and green hills with prehistoric settlements
The tour starts and
ends in Olbia, our base in Sardinia and runs anticlockwise with a double night
stopover in Ajaccio.
programme day by day:
Day 0: Fly
into Olbia and take a short transfer to the tour hotel in town.
Relax and enjoy the day in this small town. We shall all meet in
the lobby at around 4pm have the tour briefing, finalise the
paperwork and have some time with the bikes in preparation of the
following morning start.
a short ride across the Emerald coast of Sardinia, we catch the
ferry across to Bonifacio. The arrival in the fiord of Bonifacio
is very picturesque. The white, wind eroded cliffs open up just
enough to produce an amazing natural harbour for Bonifacio. For
the afternoon we ride Col du Bacio to Zonza and then take the road
to Portovecchio via Piscia di Gallu and the Lac de l'Ospedale.
A great intro to Corsica!!
Day 2: Our
ride starts along the coastal road to Solenzara and then heads
back south west to the mountains over the Col de la Bavella
(amazing scenery!) and reach Zonza from a different road. We then follow the
D69 tight and
deserted mountain road over Col de la Vaccia and then on to Col de
Verde. From Ghisoni we go over Col de Sorba and reach the N193 at
Col de la Serra to our final destination in Corte. Befroe we end
the day we'll take a short ride up to theRestonica Gorges.
mountain riding day!!!
Day 3: we
leave Corte heading north. It's the day we ride the Corsican
finger anti-clockwise. This is an amazing coastal road with
incredible sea views. We visit the windmills on Colle de Serra,
view the black baches in Nonza and stop for coffee in St Florent.
Another amazing day in Corsica which ends in Calvi for a double
night stop over!
a free day. You can choose to do your own thing, visit this small town and
relax, or join us for a loop ride of Monte Cinto, the highest peak in
Corsica with over 2700 meters above sea level. The ride goes clockwise to
Belgodere, to the Gorges de l'Asco and then towards the coast to Porto and
then inland back to Calvi.
Day 5: we run
down the West Coast of Corsica. The ride offers the embarrassing
choice of riding fast or watching the scenery. Don't try doing both at
once. Our suggestion is ... stop frequently. Our over night stop
will be in Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica and birthplace of
Napoleon. But just before we finish for the day, we run our bikes
over to Pointe de la Parata to view the Isle Sanguinaires. Their
name in French means the "bloodthirsty islands" because of their
intense red colour by sunset.
It's another free day. You can enjoy visiting Ajaccio or take
a ride to the Gorges du Prunelli and then to the nearby
Prehistoric settlement of Filitosa.
A truly fantastic
run awaits all the way to Bonfacio, the N196. Once in Bonifacio,
we will spend the time visiting this historic town before catching
the evening ferry back to Sardinia to return to our starting point
8: you are free to depart to your next destination