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Tour de Haut Corse

6 day tour around northern Corsica

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For most people who know the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, they also know its nickname, “Island of beauty ».  Corsica is an amazing mix of azure seas, alpine landscapes and mid-mountain vegetation.  Corsica is also a cyclists dream thanks to its curvy and scenic roads, extremely varied vegetation, and unrivalled terrain.  The island is also rich in history, distinctive food and passionate people.

Starting and ending in Bastia we’ll ride an average of 90 kms per day on rarely flat roads for a total of 550 kms and 8500m of climbing.  The week of cycling has been designed without any transfers by car or van although there will be a sag vehicle.  

Trip facts

TOUR FACTS AT A GLANCE
DATES 25 – 30 May 2015

START-END        Bastia, Corsica, France (accessible by ferry or airplane)
CITIES                   Bastia, Ile Rousse, Galeria, Cargese, Calacuccia, Ponte Leccia
RIDES                     6 days riding
DIFFICULTY          550km, 8,500 meters climbing
COLS CLIMBED  St. Stefano, Sevi, Serra de Pgno, Salvi, Asco, La Croix, Teghime
LODGING               Quality cyclist friendly hotels2 & 3 star hotels
MEALS                    Breakfasts and dinners  included
SUPPORT             - Technical support van
                                 - Professional mechanical support & upkeep
                                 - All Ground transportation
                                 - Bicycle storage facilities
                                 - Culture document with trip related info
                                 - Bi-lingual guide(s)
GROUP SIZE          Limited to 10 riders
COST                      $1680 double occupancy.  $1980 single occupancy
All taxes included.
BIKE RENTAL        Road bikes possible  $340 for the trip

Itinerary

DAY 1 Monday 25 May 2015
Bastia – L’Ile Rousse
Meet in Bastia for breakfast.
Highlights : seeing the Desert des Agriates with the azure sea backdrop as we ride over the Col  de S.Stefano.  Sunset over the sea and the “red island”.
116k / 1560m climbing

DAY 2 –  Tuesday 26 May 2015
L’Ile Rousse - Galeria
Highlights : The majestic col de Salvi, Calvi, and a long curvy route along the coast at the base of Monte Cinto
90km / 936m climbing

DAY 3 Wednesday 27 May 2015
Galeria – Cargese
Highlights : Looking down on Girolate, Col de la Croix, Porto, Les Calanches, …
80km / 1160m climbing

DAY 4 – Thursday 28 May 2015
Cargese – Calacuccia
Highlights : Leaving the coast we head inland  crossing the Col de Sevi, the col de Vergio and the Valdu Neillu forest to Lake Calacuccia.
80km / 1350m  climbing

DAY 5 – Friday 29 May 2015
Calacuccia – Ponte Leccia
Highlights : Today’s focus is riding up & down the 30km gorgeous Gorges de l’Asco at 1600m
85km / 1590m climbing

DAY 6 –Saturday 30 May 2015 
Ponte Leccia – Bastia
Highlights : Tiny side roads, le maquis, San Michele, the col de Teghime and the ultimate climb up the Serra de Pigno with its panoramic views of Cap Corse and Bastia.
Departure by ferry or airplane in the evening.  Option to stay over an additional day in Bastia.
75km / 1465m climbing