Cycling Corsica - Colconquerors Holidays

Corisca Island Challenge - Cycle Corsica in a Seven Night Multi Centre Tour on this magnificent island.

— 26th May to 2nd June 2019
— 29th September to 6th October 2019

Nights: 7, Max Group Size: 12, Difficulty: 3.5/5
Distance: 750km, Climbing: 12,300m

Trip Price : 1850.00 Euros

It’s been 5 years since we were taken by the breathtaking scenery of Corisca during the centenary year of the Tour de France. Join our road cycling tour in this superb cycling destination that offers mountain passes, coastal routes with amazing views of the Mediterranean sea, quiet roads and of course great early and late season cycling conditions. You’ll make your way from the south east of the island to the west coast and then head north through the spectacular national park before finally following the beautiful road around Cap Corse to Bastia which is surely one of the most beautiful days you could ever wish for on a bike. During the tour you’ll be staying in carefully selected 3* and 4* hotels and as always you’ll have road cycling guides & coaches with you in addition to a support vehicle to ensure you have the best possible cycling experience.

Detailed Trip Information :

All hotels are 3 or 4 star during this week on Corsica.

Night 1 & 2 – Porto Vecchio

Overlooking the harbour the 3* hotel enjoys exceptional views of the Mediterranean sea and the old town of Porto Vecchio. Large rooms and a quiet location make this a great place to start your holiday.

Cycling Corsica Island  Challenge Holiday- Colconquerors Porto Vecchio

Cycling Corsica Island Challenge - A great place to start the week

Cycling Corsica Island Challenge Holiday - Plenty of time to relax after a days riding around Porto Vecchio

Night 3 – Propriano

A family run 4* hotel with an abundance of local tradition and hospitality. This nights hotel is just under 1km from the centre of Propriano but with its comfortable rooms, superb pool and dining you might be hard pushed to leave!

Cycling Corsica - Colconquerors Island Challenge night 3 in Propriano

Cycling Corsica - Corsican Island  Challenge Holiday

Cycling Corsica - A relaxing end to the days climbing towards Propriano

Night 4 – Corte

In the heart of the Restonica Valley, rooted in Corsican rural and mountain surroundings a few minutes from Corte, this evenings 4* hotel offers an enchanting setting on the banks of the river where you can sit back and relax ahead of a wonderful dinner. With its refined and intimate style, warm and comfortable atmosphere it’s one of our most memorable places to stay during the cycling season.

Cycling Corsica - Into the Corsican Mountains today and Corte in the national park - Corte offers perfect base after a day cycling

Cycling Corsica - A pool to relax in ahead of dinner in the Corsican Mountains

Cycling Corsica - A good nights sleep in Corte after a day riding in the mountains

Night 5 – Calvi

This 3* hotel in Calvi is situated on the northwest coast of Corsica. It’s known for its beaches and crescent shaped bay. The medieval citadel overlooks the marina and it’s here we spend the evening for dinner overlooking the harbour.

Corsica Cycling - Island Challenge Holiday Night 5 in Calvi

Corsica Cycling - Island Cycling Challenge Hoiday - Colconquerors

Night 6 – L’Île-Rousse

Except for the lighthouse, Genoese tower and the ferry port from mainland Europe, tonights 3* hotel is the only building on the Île de la Pietra, it’s magnificently located and gives exceptional views at sunrise and sunset. With a great restaurant and terrace over looking the mainland plus the therapeutic spa it’s a great place to relax and spend the night.

Cycling Corsica - Island Challenge sixth night is spent in L'Île-Rousse

Cycling Corsica L'Île-Rousse is the destination for night 6 of the Corsica Island Challenge Holiday

Cycling Corsica A room with a view in L’Île-Rousse

Night 7 – Bastia

The final nights 4* hotel is situated just outside of Bastia where you first arrived ensuring a short transfer to the airport on departure day but it’s not time for that yet! Located with stunning views out to sea it’s a fine location to sit back and reflect on your achievements of the week.

Corsica Cycling - Bastia the final stop of the Corsica Island Challenge

Corsica Cycling - The pool and sun loungers have been earned!

Corsica Cycling - A final room with a view in Bastia

Arrival Day

You will be met at Bastia airport in person by ourselves ready for your transfer to the first nights hotel in Porto Vecchio. We aim to leave the airport at Bastia by midday to ensure we arrive at the hotel in plenty of time to help set up your bikes and relax ahead of dinner.

In the evening the first dinner is a great way to discuss the plan for the following day and get to know the others in the group.

Stage 1 – Porto Vecchio to Porto Vecchio (122.5km / 2100m elevation)

The main event of your first day is the 30km ascent of the Col de Bavella with its summit at 1218m above sea level. The day starts with a 50km run predominantly along the coast before turning inland for the start of the Col de Bavella. The summit offers wonderful views of the surrounding Alta Rocca mountains before starting a scenic descent back towards Porto Vecchio. This is a fine introduction to cycling in Corsica!

Cycling Corsica - Island Challenge Stage 1 Profile

Cycling Corsica Col de Bavella - Day 1

Stage 2 – Porto Vecchio to Propriano (93km / 2150m elevation)

Today has an altogether more mountainous feel to it as the ride leaves Porto Vecchio and traverses towards Propriano on the west coast of Corsica. The first of the three climbs today is the Col de Bacinu at just over 12km in length followed by an 8km climb towards Levie before arriving at the foot of the Col de Siu which delivers a stern challenge but rewards you with stunning views down to the west coast of Corsica and Propriano where you’ll spend the night.

Cycling Corsica Holiday - Stage 2 Profile

Cycling Corsica Col de Siu

Stage 3 – Propriano to Corte (155km / 2750 elevation)

A day of four climbs as you start to head north and into the forested interior of Corsica and its national park. The destination today is the Restonica gorge situated just outside of Corte. The gorges of the Restonica river are very dramatic indeed, covered in pine and birch trees making it an ideal retreat from the hotter regions of the island, most welcome after a challenging day on the bike. The four main climbs of the day are the Col de Vaccia, Col de Verde, Cor de Sorba and finally the Col de Belle Granaje.

Cycling Corsica Holiday Corte - Day 3

Cycling Corsica Gorges de la Restonica - A great place to relax after a day riding in the mountains

Stage 4 – Corte to Calvi (163km / 2500m elevation)

Today we depart the centre of the island and head back towards Calvi on the west coast. The day comprises of the Col de Vergio at just over 35km in length (average gradient less than 4%) and with its summit at 1478m above sea level it is the highest paved pass on Corsica. Once you pass over the col you have a truly magnificent descent towards the coast through gorges that you’re sure to recognise from the Tour de France several years ago before heading along the coastal roads that offer amazing views out across the Mediterranean sea. This is a day on the bike that will linger in the memory for some time.

Cycling Corsica Holiday - Day 4 Profile

Cycling Corisca - Day 4 Out of the National Park and back to the coast

Stage 5 – Calvi to L’Île-Rousse (65km / 850m elevation)

A shorter stage today allowing you to take in the surroundings and collect yourself ahead of stage 6. The highlight of today is the climb to the village of Speloncato which dates back to the Bronze age. After the climb and obligatory coffee stop there are magnificent views across the Mediterranean Sea as you make your way around the high plateau before starting a stunning descent back to the coast and the unique Île de la Pietra.

Cycling Corsica Holiday - Day 5 Profile

Cycling Corsica Speloncato - A perfect location for a coffee stop

Stage 6 – L’Île-Rousse to Bastia (151km / 1950m elevation)

This is one of those days on the bike where words just can’t do a ride justice no matter how hard you try. Without a doubt this is one of the best and most scenic rides I think you can have any where in the world. We shall never forget the first time we made our way around Cap Corse, just when you thought you’ve witnessed one of the best views ever from your saddle the road rises slightly, turns another bend and there’s another astonishing view. We’ll leave it there because this really does have to be ridden to be believed!

Cycling Corsica Holiday Cap Corse - Day 6 Profile.

Cycling Corsica - Cap Corse, saving the best until the very end!

Departure Day

After breakfast we leave the hotel and return you to Bastia airport for your return flights.

Corsica

Corsica is basically a mountain range in the Mediterranean sea. The island features more than 20 peaks that rise above 2,000m the highest peak Monte Cinto stands at 2,706m above sea level. There are over 150 cols that can be conquered when cycling and this is all squeezed into an island that has over 200 beaches but is only 183km long and 83km in width at its widest point.

Difficulty level

This trip is has been allocated a 3.5/5 difficulty level which is lower than some of our other trips. In Corisca you are not subjected to the very high levels of altitude and several of the days start at sea level meaning the impact of altitude on your body is far less than many alpine regions. In addition in May, June and October the temperatures are usually lower than the height of summer, although you can get hot spikes and of course blue skies! Finally there are no days with over 3,000 meters of climbing which does mean that recovery on a daily basis is easier if pacing has been correct. Don’t mistake this for an easy week because it really is a challenge but in our experience it has a lower physiological toll on the body.

Trip Type

Raid & Island Challenge weeks are point to point tours usually of 7 or more nights in duration staying in a different location on many nights during the trip. Routes have been extensively researched over several years to provide you with a blend of iconic climbs, exciting new challenges and stunning scenery that we are sure will amaze you. We have established relationships with all of the hotels used during these trips and all are of great quality and in strategic locations providing more than typical cycling hotels, each hotel has been carefully selected for a reason. As you pass through different regions you’ll find the accommodation and cuisine is usually typical for that particular area.

Who are these weeks aimed at?

Island Challenge weeks are challenging and will appeal to those of you with a sense of adventure and who want to get a feel for a wide range of a particular place. Trips include routes that are carefully planned to include varied terrain.

How challenging are these weeks?

Although challenging these weeks are accessible to all that are happy to commit to some high quality training before arrival to get the most from the experience.

How will I be supported when cycling?

Group sizes are never more than 12 and you’ll always have guides and or coaches riding with the group plus a dedicated support vehicle with a staff to guest ratio of 1 team member to every 4 riders. Cycling guides/coaches for these trips are experienced and usually have a recognised coaching or sports science background to ensure we can provide you with valuable assistance with any aspect of your riding as and when you would like it. A full logistics pack is provided for each Raid or Island Challenge trip that includes GPX files along with a very detailed route planning document to supplement on road support and guidance. For each stage during the week your luggage will be transported to the following nights hotel so it’s ready for your arrival (bike boxes are either transported or stored depending on the trip start and end location).

Cycling Corsica - Amazing coastal roads to ride

Cycling Corsica - The mountains of Corsica deliver hidden cycling gems and cafes!

Cycling Corsica - When cycling along the Corsican coast you'll discover beautiful beaches

Cycling Corsica - The views of the Mediterranean sea around Corsica makes cycling a real pleasure

Cycling Corsica - It's one of the the finest cycling experiences going

Cycling Corsica - A new best view from the bike around every bend

Cycling Corsica - Gorges in the Restonica region offer some of the best we've seen when cycling

Cycling Corsica - Coastal roads cling to the mountain side

Cycling Corsica - The colours of the rock along the coast of Corsica mean there's always something to see whilst cycling

Cycling Corsica - A long summer season in Corsica make it perfect for early and late season riding


ENQUIRE / BOOK

The week includes:

— 7 Nights half board accommodation on a twin share basis in our carefully selected 3 & 4 star hotels
— 6 days guided and vehicle supported cycling with an experienced team
— Fresh fruit each day and top up sports nutrition in support vehicle
GPX files for each ride & high quality printed & digital road books
— Private airport transfers to and from Bastia airport
— Access to British Cycling Level 3 coaching throughout to help improve any aspect of your cycling
— Cycling kit washing facilities

Not included:

— Your Flights
— Travel insurance
— Lunches or any tips
— Any drinks or incidentals at hotels
— Massages or additional spa services
— Bike hire (available on request)
— Single occupancy (on request & subject to room availability)

If you need any help or further information please check our helpful FAQ section or contact us via info@colconquerors.com or call + 33 6 85 12 18 29

Cycle Corsica in 2019

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