Tour of Corsica - Eat, Drink & Ride - FRANCE

Tour of Corsica - Eat-Drink-Ride 2017

Tour of Corsica: June 2-12 2017*

The Topbike 2017 Tour of Corsica - 11 days (10 nights) fully supported, off the tourist route where possible, riding up to 110 k a day (but not every day), starting and finishing in Bastia on the island of Corsica. We will take a 60/40 coastal/inland route, including four by 2-night stops. Group size will be limited to 13, with 3 staff. There are plenty of opportunities for extra riding, if the planned day’s ride may not be enough for you.

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ITINERARY: TOUR of CORSICA - June 2-12 2017


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Pickup: 11.00am June 2 - Bastia Railway Station or Hôtel Demeure Castel Brando
Drop off: 2.00pm June 12 - Bastia Railway Station (or other place if arranged prior)

Friday June 2, 2017 | Brando

After meeting up, in Bastia, or at our hotel in Castel Brando (10k north of Bastia), we’ll set up our bikes and get out for a ride in our environs. There’s a lovely piece of road that follows the coast north (and south) that will be ideal for an afternoon orientation ride.

Accommodation: Excellent Hotel just north of Bastia.
Dinner: Restaurant overlooking the water in Brando.

Bastia - Corsica, scene of the TDF stage start in 2013

Picturesque port of Bastia, location of the Stage start for the 2013 Tour de France, which passed through the island for the first time in the event's 110-year history and marks the start of Topbike's Tour of Corsica.


Saturday, June 3 2017 | Brando – Port of Centuri

Today we head out by bike, kicking off our Tour of Corsica. We’ll take the road north out of Bastia, up the eastern side towards the top of Cape Corse. Keeping the sea on our right we’ll cover 25k of coastal road before we turn inland just beyond Marine de Meria, and cross the complete peninsula. Striking the coast road on the western side, we’ll descend into our destination town of Centuri, the northern most town on the Cape. Here we’ll check into our hotel for two nights, and if the weather is conducive we’ll have a little Mediterranean dip before dinner. Don’t forget to pack your beach cossie.

Accommodation: Hotel over the port.
Dinner tonight: Inhouse
Ride: <60 ks, undulating <1000m asc.


Sunday June 4 2017 | Port of Centuri - Port of Centuri

We’ve got a glorious 80k loop to accomplish today and we’ll start by tracking south out of Centuri, and crossing the peninsula, taking in all the views we missed (behind us) yesterday, as we climbed. We’ll continue anti-clockwise and venture to the northernmost point of the Cape at Barcaggio – where we can have lunch, although there is not much more than a bar there, albeit with a lovely coastal outlook. The afternoon sees us free to return to Centuri, and get in an afternoon swim once more.

Accommodation: Hotel over the port.
Dinner tonight: Local seafood Restaurant
Ride: <80 ks, undulating >1000m asc

Cows on the beach Corsica, France

Coast of Corsica - There's always time to have a sunbake on the beach after a day spent on the bikes.


Monday, June 5 2017 | Port of Centuri - Calvi

>130k south today. Should be quite straight forward, just not on straight roads. You ragged rascals will be hugging the rugged road, as it traverses ‘round the ragged rocks of the western coast of Cape Corse. Almost 100% of today’s ride is highlighted as ‘scenic’ by the Michelin map masters, and you better hold onto your handlebars, ‘cause if you get distracted, running off the road could be even more ragged. We’ll enjoy a picnic en route today, coffee where we can, and if you prefer, we’ll sweep you in St Florent (or Novella, Belgodere or Muro) for a transport into Calvi. Here we’ll book into a hotel at the top end of town, and enjoy a bit of town life for the afternoon and evening.

NB Course notes: the road south out of Centuri is very rough, and barely made in parts. Jump in the car if this type of road is not for you.

Accommodation: 3 star Hotel
Dinner: Inhouse
Ride: : >130k, meandering coastal undulations >1900m asc

Rocky horizons

Riding North towards Bastia, Corsica

Cycling Tour in Corsica, France

The coastal ride that lays ahead, Corsica, France

Tuesday June 6 2017 | Calvi - Porto

Our route today starts with a undulating coastal road. We’ll work our way through to Galeria, for a picnic. Leaving Galeria in the afternoon we’ll enjoy more rugged ‘highlighted scenic’ roads on our way to Porto, where we’ll book into a hotel that overlooks the sea. The road into Porto has some of the best coastal views in the Mediterranean, possibly the world.

Accommodation: Portside hotel
Dinner: Local restaurant top end of town (walking distance)
Ride: <100k, with undulations & viewa >1500m asc

The view from the evening meal

A peaceful dinner by the water.

Wednesday June 7 2017 | Porto - Porto

In a coastal town it is a good opportunity to once again stay put, allowing more time to soak up Porto, with a large scenic loop -95k- for the riders, taking in one of the Cat 3 KOMs of the 2013 Tour de France. ‘Twas stage 3, and while the Col de San Martino is not huge, at just 429m, it is the highest point of the stage, also being the one that Simon Gerrans won. While we touch the coast a couple of times, most of today’s route will be inland, and hilly. There is a significant 12% steady climb after lunch. Get your climbing gears on!

Accommodation: Portside hotel
Dinner: Seaside dining
Ride: 95 k around a hilly loop, quite hard climbing. >2000m asc

Beautiful sunset over Porto, Corsica - France.

Beautiful sunset over Porto, Corsica - France.


Thursday June 8 2017 | Porto – Corte

After breakfast we’ll turn our wheels inland, waving farewell to the western seaboard. We’re headed for a town frequented by walkers, as they traverse a well worn path across Corsica, from coast to coast. Much the same as us really, only a little slower. We’ll make time for a picnic en route to our destination town of Corte. Our town, for two nights, is pretty much in the centre of Corsica, and here we are surrounded by 15 peaks, twelve of which are over 2,000m in height. None of these peaks, however, are located in the town of Corte. The CBD is at a more comfortable 500m. We’re staying at a riverside hotel that used to be the ice works, with a good restaurant up the road.

Accommodation: Best hotel in town
Dinner:
Local Restaurant.
Ride: <60k, hills and undulations <2,000m asc

Friday June 9, 2017 | Corte - Corte

A beautiful undulating 70k loop is planned today, heading into the interior of Corsica. Back in the day, all Corsicans were instructed to plant 4 chestnut trees each, when the island was under Genovese rule. This lead to a prosperous age for Corsica, as they benefitted not only from the nuts, but the timber as well. Once under French rule (1760s?) all chestnut tree planting was banned, which of course meant the locals all tried to plant 8 trees each, to rebel against the French rule. It all came to a halt with the industrial age, but on todays ride you will pass many a chestnut tree, as this truly was the chestnut centre of the world, in days past.

Ride: < 70k, hills and undulations <1,500m asc

Saturday June 10 2017 | Sant'Andrea di Bozio

It’s more inland roads on our route today, heading east. We cross the main north-south road today, it’s a national route, and is the only part of stage one from the 2013 TdF that we see (nearly all of stage one was along a national route). Starting with a descent beside a river, once again it will be scenic for the full journey, with even the national route highlighted. Once we cross the national road, the climbing begins in earnest, promising more corners, hills and undulations as we head deep into a well forested corner of Corsica that does not receive a lot of visitors. Extra kilometres (and vertical meters) available before heading east, by taking a run up the end of the valley where our hotel is located.

Accommodation: Auberge in Verdese
Dinner:
Inhouse
Ride: <50k of corners, hills and undulations <1,000m asc

Sunday June 11 2017 | Sant'Andrea di Bozio - Bastia

For our final day of riding, we’ve got a 110k undulating loop, around the interior ‘woods’ of Corsica. No coastal roads, but plenty of views from between the trees. All day to do it in, as well. Coffee, picnic lunch etc. A glorious day to finish with!

Ride:<65k of corners, hills and undulations >1000m asc

Monday June 12 2017 |

After breakfast, it's time to pack up and head for Bastia. Our official drop off point is Bastia railway station. Please let us know if you need to be dropped off elsewhere. Au Revoir!


Topbike's Tour of Corsica includes:


Please note:

  • Please pack your bike in a collapsible bag or disposable cardboard box.
    [See our FAQ's and recommendations section on packing your bike]
  • Please also see our recommended list of things to bring, it is most important to bring front and rear flashing lights.
  • NB: The itinerary above is to be used as a guide only, as Topbike Tours are well known for making use of all (and creating some extra) opportunities, expect that variations from the above can happen at any time. Please note all distances are approximate and subject to change.

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