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Raid Corsica - Pyrenees Cycling

Raid Corsica

Raid Corsica 2017

Raid Corsica information recently updated, please see our prices & dates page for dates Raid Corsica 2017 dates This tour really need no introduction, a almost complete Tour of the Island coastal route and central spine of the island check out the route maps shown below to get a feel for this one of our toughest undertakings.

The Raid Corsica Tour will again be busy in 2017 please make sure you book early as there are very limited spaces on this trip.

 

 

Day 1: Biguglia-Bastia to Calvi (196km with 2369m ascent)


Wheels rolling 0730 for an early start to head around the Cap Corse on a stunning coast road with spectacular views.  Rolling coastal road to St Florent for lunch at around the 100km mark, before traversing the arid ‘desert des Agriates’.  You can stay on the “busy” main road to Calvi or turn inland on the D151 after L’Ile-Rousse a quiet undulating backroad with views of the Granite Mountains meeting the Sea and your destination of Calvi below you.

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Day 2: Calvi to Calacuccia (158km with 2860m ascent)


Today you head to the other side of Mt Cinto, a rugged peak rising up to 2700m just over 20km from Calvi.  There are some steep ascents to Les Calanches - a landscape of spikes and spires towering above the deep blue waters.  The 11km up to Piana for a Carnet stamp will, then about turn and back down for the long but even gradient up to the highest road pass in Corsica to the Col de Vergio (1477m) to do before rolling down hill to the finish of the mountain hamlet of Calacuccia for the night.

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Day 3: Calacuccia to Santa Maria Sicche (132km with 2690m ascent)


A great route exploring the forests and gorges of the southern uplands.  Corte, the historic capital town, is good for a coffee stop but you have 5 cols to get under your belt today, including the Col de Sorba (1311m). After the last carnet stop of the day at Zicavo the route is a tad techinical as shown on this year’s Garmin route, we take the D83 heading towards Corrano and on to the quaint village of Santa Maria Sicche is our destination for a warm welcome from the hotel.

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Day 4: Santa Maria Sicche to Sartène (160km with 2410m ascent)


Out on to the main road of the D196 for a while until we start the climb out of Cauro on the D26 (fast descent careful into town of Cauro otherwise you will miss the turning right for the D27 at the entry into the town) the climb up to the mountain village of Bastelica for a stamp and a coffee before heading around the lake with a view of the lunch  stop at Ajaccio the modern capital of Corsica. The D3 forks right towards Tolla and Lac de Tolla stunning scenery.  There is a busy stretch on a main road out of Ajaccio after getting your stamp but we turn off right onto the D302 though the mountains towards Pila-Canale and Sollacaro on to our destination Sartène, with history of pirates in the town, now just tourists, this is your typical Corsican town.

 

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Day 5: Sartène to Sari- Solenzara (188km with 2430m ascent)


Fast roads and good surfaces make for a quick start today, beautiful views and historic destinations is this a cycling tour or a holiday the roads are fast this morning!  Get your carnet stamped in the Marina of Bonifacio on the Southern tip of the island where we will stop and have a coffee. We head up on the busy coast road before you head inland again for the mountains from Porto-Vecchio for Zonza and the Col de Bavella (1218m).  A fabulous descent follows down to sea level to the days finish in Solenzara.

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Day 6: Sari- Solenzara to Biguglia-Bastia (133km with 2060m ascent)


A good piece of fast rolling road during the mornings ride albeit on the main road to warm up on!!!!!! After Aleria we cut back into the hills, we are not finished yet, this is your last chance to take in a beautiful route. It is well worth the effort to get up and through picturesque villages and terraced hillsides Corsica at it best watch out for the PIGS yes PIGS you will come across them when they are not expected, like on fast and technical descents!!!!!!  Eventually after our last stamp in Piedicroce we drop back towards the airport and on to the coast road and around the nature reserve of Biguglia  and join a sandy spur for the final run into Bugulia - Bastia to the hotel where it all began only 6 days ago.  Now it’s…. BEER O’clock!

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You will need to get your carnet stamped to get your medal and certificate!

Day 1 BASTIA, MACINAGGIO, NONZA, CALVI.

Day 2 PIANA, CALACUCCIA, CORTE, GHISONI, ZICAVO.

Day 3 BASTELICA, AJACCIO, PROPRIANO.

Day 4 BONIFACIO, ZONZA.

Day 5 ALERIA, PIEDICROCE.