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 2020
EAT-DRINK-RIDE

BASTIA to BASTIA
TOUR I: June 11-21, 2020
TOUR II: Sept 15-25, 2020
TOUR III: Sept 28 - Oct 8, 2020

The Topbike 2020 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 French island of Corsica.

We will take a 60/40 coastal/inland route, including two x 3 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.

Topbike’s Tour of Corsica Cycling Holiday has proved so popular we will will be running three (3) tours in 2020!

2020 Tour of Corsica - 'Eat-Drink-Ride' Tours

2020 Tour Dates*

Tour of Corsica
- 'Eat-Drink-Ride'
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TOC 1 | June 11-21 2020
TOC 2 | Sept 15-25 2020
TOC 3 | Sept 28 - Oct 8 2020

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, Corte and Sant Andrea di Bozio.  More coastal cycling than you can believe.

2020 Tour Price: $6550 (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 11–21 2020*+ *
  • Destination

  • Tour Start / Finish

    Start and Finish in Bastia, Corsica
  • Pick Up

    June 11 2020: 11:00am Bastia Railway Station (Or Hôtel Demeure Castel Brando)
  • Drop Off

    June 21 2020: 9:00am Bastia railway station, or other place if arranged prior.
  • Cycling Fitness/Experience

    Any + E-Bikes Available
1

2020: Day 1 | Brando

2020 Tour of Corsica Itineraries

TOC 1: Thurs June 11 | TOC 2: Tues Sept 15 | TOC 3: Mon Sept 28
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

2

2020: Day 2 | Brando – Port of Centuri

TOC 1: Fri June 12 | TOC 2: Wed Sept 16 | TOC 3: Thurs Sept 29
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

3

2020: Day 3 | Port of Centuri - Port of Centuri

TOC 1: Sat June 13 | TOC 2: Thurs Sept 17 | TOC 3: Fri Sept 30
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.

Dining

Local seafood Restaurant

Ride: < 80km, > 1600m asc.

Terrain: Undulating

4

2020: Day 4 | Port of Centuri - Belgodere

TOC 1: Sun June 14 | TOC 2: Fri Sept 18 | TOC 3: Sat Oct 1
>120k 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, > 2500m asc.

Terrain: meandering coastal undulations

5

2020: Day 5 | Belgodere – Porto

TOC 1: Mon June 15 | TOC 2: Sat Sept 19 | TOC 3: Sun Oct 2
Our route today starts with a gentle downhill, as we start off for the coast. Before we reach the coast we turn left and head cross-country towards 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, for three nights.
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, < 1900m asc.

Terrain: Undulating with views.

6

2020: Day 6 | Porto

TOC 1: Tues June 16 | TOC 2: Sun Sept 20 | TOC 3: Mon Oct 3
Hump day, Rest day, Soft ride day, Cruise day, Hiking day, Long lunch day, Your day. Whatever you want to do, in this beautiful location, is possible. And we’re here to help. Whether you want to ride in the morning, or sleep in, or take a boat trip along the coast, we’ll ensure it happens. As much, or as little, as you like.

Accommodation

Portside hotel

Dining

Local restaurant top end of town (walking distance)

Ride: ???.

Terrain:

7

2020: Day 7 | Porto – Porto

TOC 1: Wed June 17 | TOC 2: Mon Sept 21 | TOC 3: Tues Oct 4
A big ride today, a large scenic loop 95k, 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! This ride can be split in half, and spread over the two days (yesterday & today).

Dining

Tonight seaside dining.

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

Terrain: hilly but scenic

8

2020: Day 8 | Porto - Sant'Andrea di Bozio

TOC 1: Thurs June 18 | TOC 2: Tues Sept 22 | TOC 3: Wed Oct 5
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.

9

2020: Day 9 | Sant'Andrea di Bozio - Sant'Andrea di Bozio

TOC 1: Fri June 19 | TOC 2: Wed Sept 23 | TOC 3: Thurs Oct 6
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: 110km, 2300m asc.

Terrain: corners, hills and undulations

10

2020: Day 10 | Sant'Andrea di Bozio- Sant'Andrea di Bozio

TOC 1: Sat June 20 | TOC 2: Thurs Sept 24 | TOC 3: Fri Oct 7
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.

Accommodation

Auberge in Sant’Andrea di Bozio.

Dining

Inhouse (one of Topbikes all time favorites)

Ride: 65km, ~ 1000m asc.

Terrain: corners, hills and undulations .

11

2020: Day 11 | Sant'Andrea di Bozio - Bastia

TOC 1: Sun June 21 | TOC 2: Fri Sept 25 | TOC 3: Sat Oct 8

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.

2020 Topbike Tour of Corsica - 'Eat-Drink-Ride'

Bastia - Bastia

Topbike's Tour of Corsica Cycling Holiday has proved so popular we will will be running three (3) tours in 2020! 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, Corte and Sant Andrea di Bozio. More coastal cycling than you can believe.
(*NB: Locations shown above are approximate only.)