9th to 16th June 2013
Corsica described by many as the "Island of Beauty" or also called "Mountain in the Sea", is ideal for a cycling holiday. From its rugged Mediterranean coastline to its gorges and valleys of the mountains to the interior of the island, Corsica is varied, wild and unspoilt. All this combined with the quiet and testing roads make for a great cycling holiday.
This Raid Corsica is a 1000km tour of the island in 7 days, starting and finishing in the coastal town of Bastia. Although the mountains are not as high as the Pyrenees or Alps the continuous undulations make this a tough randonnee. However if you have completed the Raid Pyrenean & Alpine for example or another multi day event then you should have no trouble following in the tyre tracks of the world’s professionals and cycling some of the roads of the 2010 Criterium International.
Now that it has been announced that the 2013 Tour de France will start in Corsica, this trip is an ideal way of experiencing what great cycling Corsica has to offer. Organised by the Audax Club Parisian (ACP), the same people who organise the Paris - Brest - Paris randonnee, the route of Raid Corsica starts by following the coastal road around the northern peninsula of Cap Corse. From here you will cross the Agriates Desert and follow the eastern coast to the town of Porto, from where you will climb into the hinterland and re-join the coast 2 days later at the port of Ajaccio. From Ajaccio you will follow the undulating coastal road to Bonifacio, the islands most southerly town, from where, once again you will enter the mountainous interior before descending to the eastern coast and the return leg to Bastia.
Just like the Raid Pyrenean, Alpine & Dolomite you will be supplied with a carnet which must be stamped at pre-determined points on the route to prove that you have completed the "Raid". These are then returned by us to the organisers and you will receive a medal for your efforts!.
A van will carry your luggage each day from overnight stop to overnight stop, and where possible act as a backup for serious mechanical breakdowns. Accommodation has been pre booked at roughly equidistant locations (140km to 160km), on half board basis - Bed, Breakfast, Evening Meal.
a profile of the Raid Corsica route.
Sunday 9th June:
On arrival at Bastia airport you will be met by our representative, and commence the tour with a 46km ride onto Cap Corse and the small fishing village of Luri, where we spend the night on half board basis.
Sunday 9th June: Bastia to Luri. Distance 46.03kms. Ascent 267 Meters
Monday 10th June: Luri to Calvi. Distance 169.52km. Ascent 2315 Meters
Tuesday 11th June: Calvi to Evisa. Distance 122.77km. Ascent 2296 Meters
Wednesday 12th June: Evisa to Santa Maria Sich. Distance 187.55km. Ascent 3544 Meters
Thursday 13th June: Santa Maria Sich to Propriano. Distance 134.19km. Ascent 1893 Meters
Friday 14th June: Propriano to Zonza. Distance 128.77km Ascent 2078 Meters
Saturday 15th June: Zonza to Peidicroce. Distance 136.70km. Ascent 1984 Meters
Sunday 16th June: Peidicroce to Bastia. Distance 42.56km. Ascent 522 Meters
We will leave Peidicroce early and ride the 40km to Bastia airport where we check in for your return flight from Bastia.