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Pyrénées Traverse — Sep. 10-17, 2014
Around Mont Blanc in 6 days — July 5-12, 2014
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L'Etape du Tour: Pyrénées Tour de France Trip — July 11-20, 2012
Milan - San Remo Gran Fondo — June 7-12, 2012
French Alps Traverse — June 16-22, 2012
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Pyrénées Traverse — September 2-7, 2012
Spring Traverse — April 12-16, 2012

6 days exploring a cycling utopia

Winding and weaving through the island of beauty

Rich with history, distinctive food and passionate people, the French Mediterranean island of Corsica is an amazing mix of azure seas, alpine landscapes and mid-mountain vegetation.   During the 2013 Tour de France, the world discovered the curvy and scenic roads over breathtaking, unrivaled terrain that make undiscovered Corsica a cyclists' dream. 

This week of pure cycling without any van transfers takes in the very best of southern Corsica.  Each rider's choice day’s has a long option for those wanting to ride more, and a shorter ride for those who prefer to mix cycling with some time to relax and explore this incredible “Island of beauty".   
 

Trip facts (tableau)

Dates June 9-16, 2014.  (8 days / 7 nights)
Start-End Marseille, France 
Cities Ajaccio, Propriano, Bonafacio, Porto Vecchio, Zonza
Rides Six (6)
Difficulty For intermediate - experienced riders
Cols Climbed  

(*Tour de France Col)

Col de Bavella*, Col de Bacinu, Col de l'Ospedale*, Col de St. Eustache, Col de Saint Georges, Col de Cricheto
Lodging 5 nights in small hotels, 2 nights on ferry
Meals Three daily meals included
Support - Technical support van

- Professional mechanical support and upkeep

- Snacks, energy drinks and food for all rides

- All ground transportation

- Bicycle storage facilities

- Culture document with trip related info

- 2 bi-lingual guide

Group Size Limited to 10 riders
Cost   $1965 / 1455€ double occupancy.  All taxes and service charges included. 
Bike Rental Road bikes available $195 or 150€ / week

 

Itinary

DAY 1 - Thursday June 9

Arrive in Marseille.  (Flights are available from most major European hubs). Build up bikes and get out for a test ride in the Calanques.  Visit a bit of the Marseille, teh 2013 European Cultural capital. Dinner aboard the ferry before sleeping on board in comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and shower. 

DAY 2 – Friday  June 10 

First stop after unloading the ferry will be breakfast at a local café.    During the first stage of our itinerary, we'll will leave buzzing Ajaccio on scenic ride along a quiet coastal road before climbing to Coti Chiavari. This enchanting village perched on a mountainside provides stunning views over Ajaccio. Definitely worth the effort!  We'll then descend to Propriano and where you'll discover an exotic fine sandy beach.

Cyclists, who feel brave enough to tackle the Col de Siu (730m) can admire the Gulf of Propriano from high above.  Super dinner and night in Propriano.
75 or 115 km / 880 or 1870m climbing

DAY 3 – Saturday June 11

The Great South: After leaving the delightful Gulf of Propriano, we'll ride through Sartène heading south with majestic views over little coves along the way. Cycling to Bonifacio is no problem, and we'll have ample time to explore this wonderful Corsican town. Uptown, Bonifacio’s cliff-top citadel stands as an architectural marvel, rising up proudly over the rest of town.  We'll admire stunning landscapes from the battlements, including crystal-clear waters, impressive chalk cliffs and Sardinia’s coastline in the distance.  For cyclists who enjoy the climbs, the inland route option will provide you with more of a challenge. Night in Bonifacio.

65 or 120 km / 940 or 2240 m climbing

DAY 4 – Sunday June 12

Bonifacio to Porto Vecchio. Our shorter version of this stage is also the easiest:  We'll cycle inland and then east to the coastline. A scenic coastal ride along the most beautiful beaches of Corsica like Palombaggia and Santa Giulia will surely tempt you to go for a relaxing swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Mountain-lovers will undoubtedly enjoy the longer version of this stage, with a 15km ride around the Col de Bacinu (810m) and spectacular views over Porto Vecchio. Night in Porto Vecchio.

60 or 95 km / 820 or 1650m climbing

DAY 5  – Sunday June 13
The heart of the island: For day 5 of the tour, we've organised two different itineraries. The first leads you directly to Zonza via the legendary Col de l’Ospédale where professionals like Schlek, Voigt or Armstrong have demonstrated their talent year after year during the Criterium International. On the summit, you will discover the Dam of Ospédale which offers lunar-like landscapes, dominated by a quiet lake sprinkled with submerged tree stumps and set against a mystical pine tree forest.

The second itinerary includes a coastal ride north along a very narrow and uphill road leading to the village of Conca, where the GR20 officially ends. You'll have a chance to climb the Col de Bavella and its famous toothy Needles which appear to be biting at the sky. This 30km detour is easy to start with, but the ascent gets steeper as you apporach the 1240m summit. Night in Zonza.

60 or 90 km / 1590 or 1950 m climbing

DAY 6 – Monday June 14

Big loop around the central region.  Today, you have the option to either stroll down enchanting Zonza village streets, go for a swim in natural pools or even cycle one of the two routes the DuckStore team has prepared especially for you.  You'll ride through several charming little villages, discover an authentic side of Corsica and have the chance to meet welcoming locals. This particular stage ends with a gentle 25km uphill ride (available for both versions of this route). Night in Zonza.

65 or 85 km / 1330 or 1610 m  climbing

DAY 7 – Tuesday June 15

Zonza to Ajaccio.  In the morning, we'lld leave Zonza for the West Coast of Corsica. Today's toughest challenge, the Col de St Eustache, rewards you with a sensational 15km descent. Along the way you'll admire Corsican cottages – each more charming than the next – in typical picture-postcard settings. While today's easy option is a ‘relaxing’ ride, the harder version will take you to the Col de Saint Georges, named for a spring, before cycling through Tolla Lake and swooping down to Ajaccio on a well-paved road.  Once in Ajaccio we'll catch a quick shower before heading to the docks .for our return to Marseille.

95 or 120 km / 1550 or 2060 m climbing

DAY 8 – Wednesday June 16

After disembarking it's time for breakfast in the port of Marseilles before  quick shuttle to the Marseille airport where we’ll say ‘au revoir’… but not goodbye!
You may choose to extend their time on the Ile de Beauté or Masreille a day or two more to relax and enjoy the beaches and warm sea.