Topbike Tours - European Cycling Holiday Specialists

David Olle and Emma Colson

An Australian company, Topbike has a fully equipped European base and its own fleet of high quality hire bikes and E-bikes.

We specialise in quality cycling tours with small groups and are famous for looking after our clients.

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Tour of Corsica 2019
EAT-DRINK-RIDE

BASTIA to BASTIA | June 6–16 2019

The Topbike 2019 Tour of Corsica will be 11 days (10 nights) fully supported, off the tourist route where possible, riding up to 120k 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 x 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.

2019 Topbike Tour of Corsica "Eat-Drink-Ride" - June 6-16 2019
2019 Topbike Tour Cycling Holiday itinerary Now Available

With a Bastia start and finish, we’ll be doing an anti-clockwise loop around the northern part of Corsica.  We’ll be stopping over at the towns of Brando, Centuri, Calvi, Porto, Corte and Sant Andrea di Bozio.  More coastal cycling than you can believe.

Tour Price: $6350 (AUD) (Per person)

[Places are limited to 13 clients in total (with 3 staff).]

Rides will average 60-80k along with >1000m vertical, per day

Topbike Hire Bikes & Electric Bikes

Topbike Hire bikes can be organized at an additional cost.  We have ten 2017 full carbon handmade Italian Casati bikes, all with di2, disc brakes and compact gearing.  There’s also new Wiliers from 2018 and 2019.


Topbike Electric Bikes are also available: E-Bikes are a great option for those occasional riders or partners of riders who want to come on tour. All of Topbikes’ Cycling Tours are achievable by anyone on one of our E-Bikes.

We have ten Garmin 800s (with euro maps) available to use while on tour.

11 Days/10 Nights
June 6–16 2019 *
  • Destination

  • Tour Start / Finish

    Start and Finish in Bastia, Corsica
  • Pick Up

    11.00am, June 6 2019: Bastia railway station or Hôtel Demeure Castel Brando ERBALUNGA 20222, +33 (0)4 95 30 10 30
  • Drop Off

    9.00am, June 16 2019: Bastia railway station (or other place if arranged prior)
  • Cycling Fitness/Experience

    Any + E-Bikes Available
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Thursday June 6 2019: Day 1 | Brando

2019 Itinerary will be available soon.

This was our 2018 Itinerary...

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.

Dining

Excellent inhouse Restaurant

Ride:

Terrain: Coast Road - Afternoon Orientation

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Friday June 7 2019: Day 2 | 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.

Dining

Local seafood Restaurant

Ride: < 50km, < 1000m asc.

Terrain: Undulating

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Saturday, June 8 2019: Day 3 | 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.

Dining

Local seafood Restaurant

Ride: < 80km, > 1600m asc.

Terrain: Undulating

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Sunday, June 9 2019: Day 4 | Port of Centuri - Belgodere

>130k south today with plenty of little climbs. 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) for a transport into Belgodere. Here we’ll check into our hotel close to the centre of town and enjoy a bit of town life for the afternoon and evening.
Accommodation: 3 star Hotel

Dining

Dinner In-House

Ride: < 120km, > 1900m asc.

Terrain: meandering coastal undulations

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Monday, June 10 2019: Day 5 | Belgodere – Belgodere

Just an 80k loop today, in the surrounding hills of Calvi. Starting from 250m, our first climb has two peaks, the first at 950m, and the following takes us up on the ridgeline, to a peak of 1100m. After the KOM, it’s a gentle descent that winds around in a full circle, down past the shores of Lake Codole. This is the lowest part of our ride, at just above 100m. From here it’s a gentle climb back up to Belgodere, where we can relax once more in the central piazza.
Accommodation: 3 star Hotel

Dining

Dinner In-House

Ride: < 75km, < 1600m asc.

Terrain: Undulating with views.

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Tuesday, June 11 2019: Day 6 | Belgodere - Porto

Our route today starts with a run down to the busy coastal road, into Calvi. Post Calvi, the road gets rough, once we get a few k’s in. If this is not your thing, jump in the car. 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 check into our hotel that overlooks the sea.
Highlights: The road into Porto has some of the best coastal views in the Mediterranean, possibly the world. I kid you not.
Accommodation: Portside hotel

Dining

Local restaurant top end of town (walking distance)

Ride: < 125km, < 1600m asc.

Terrain: undulations with views

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Wednesday, June 12 2019: Day 7 | 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 was 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!

Dining

Tonight seaside dining.

Ride: 100 km around a hilly loop, quite hard climbing. > 2200m asc.

Terrain: hilly but scenic

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Thursday, June 13 2019: Day 8 | Porto - Sant'Andrea di Bozio

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 Sant Andrea di Bozio. Our town, 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.
Accommodation:Auberge in Sant’Andrea di Bozio.

Dining

Dinner Inhouse (one of Topbikes all time favorites)

Ride: < 105km, < 2500m asc.

Terrain: hills and undulations: 35k of climbing, straight after breakfast, followed by 40k of downhill. Plus a couple of little kickers to finish off with.

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Friday, June 14 2019: Day 9 | Sant'Andrea di Bozio - Sant'Andrea di Bozio

For our penultimate day of riding, we’ve got a 110k undulating loop, around the interior ‘woods’ 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 all chestnut tree planting was banned, which of course meant the locals all planted eight 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. No coastal roads, but plenty of views from between the trees. All day to do it in, as well. Coffee, picnic lunch etc.
Accommodation: Auberge in Sant’Andrea di Bozio

Dining

Dinner Inhouse (one of Topbikes all time favorites)

Ride: 100km, 2300m asc.

Terrain: corners, hills and undulations

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Saturday, June 15 2019: Day 10 | Sant'Andrea di Bozio- Sant'Andrea di Bozio

More inland roads. We’ll set out the way we rode home yesterday, but before too long, we’ll be turning left and heading off on a new tangent. We’ll be aiming for Tralonca, where there is a small bar, for morning coffee. Post coffee we’ll continue on our gentle loop, as we wind down from ten big days of riding and travelling. Once back at base we can relax by the pool, or maybe even pop into town for a final ‘sundowner’ before dinner.
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!

Dining

Inhouse (one of Topbikes all time favorites)

Ride: 65km, ~ 1000m asc.

Terrain: corners, hills and undulations .

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Sunday, June 16 2019: Day 11 | Sant'Andrea di Bozio - Bastia

Au Revoir!

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.
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.

Tour Location

Bastia to Bastia

2019 Topbike Tour of Corsica | June 6–16

'EAT-DRINK-RIDE'

Bastia to Bastia

With a Bastia start and finish, we’ll be doing an anti-clockwise loop around the northern part of Corsica. We’ll be stopping over at the towns of Brando, Centuri, Belgodere, Porto and Sant Andrea di Bozio. More coastal cycling than you can believe. Rides will average 60-80k, along with >1000m vertical, per day.