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Corsica Bike Tours

Wild Corsica: Soaring mountain ranges with peaks as craggy as a set of church spires scraping the sky. Some call Corsica the Mediterranean mountain range of the sea. Streams of rushing river water slice through deep gorges where boulders the size of cars rim the shores of perfectly still lakes. Sheep and pigs range free, fattening themselves for the cheese and charcuterie that are staples of the central Corsican diet. La Bella Corsica is all this and more.

Essence of Corsica

  • Cycle through spectacular limestone mountains and along stunning oceanfront cliffs
  • Guided tours with Corsican guides through the fascinating towns of Bonifacio and Ajaccio where we learn the intimate, real story as well as some great anecdotes related to tradition, legend, and history
  • Pedal through the astonishing glittering-red granite rock walls of Les Calanques
  • The islanders enjoy a typical Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, some meat (like wild boar) and seafood on the coast

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Culture

Corsica is not France. It deserves wholeheartedly to stand alone and the Corsicans are fiercely adamant about this. It’s a cyclists paradise among the deep blue mediterranean sea. With its mountains rising up from the coast, its wild interior a sharp contrast from the pristine sandy beaches lined with modest resorts and AirB&B properties. Corsicans speak a very interesting language that does not resemble French or Italian. Corsicans are very proud of their beautiful island the environment so cycling the island is highly respected as the Corsicans favor less aggressive tourism, and promoting the island as a perfect destination for cycling. Cyclists are certainly more welcome than the average bus tourist. The riding on Corsica includes amazing, enjoyable (and rewarding) climbs; never too steep, perfect for the intermediate rider.

Food & Wine

Corsica is a gastronomical tour de force! Its cuisine is heavily based on the traditional products of the island with an added flare of fusion. An Italian—especially Tuscan and Genovese—influence is very evident, perhaps even more so than French influences. In common with their Sardinian neighbors, Corsicans tended to live in the hilly interior of the island, largely as protection from seafaring invaders. Like the Sardinians, they herded sheep, grew vegetables and sought out a precarious existence. Think rustic. Wild boar casserole is widely regarded as the signature dish, with lamb, veal and seafood cooked in thick tomato sauces all washed down with some wonderful local white or rosé wines. Corsica’s cooked meats are regarded as among the best in the world thanks to traditional methods of production and the Corsican pig, crossbred with the wild boar and living on a diet of chestnuts.

Landscape

Mountainous, some very steep or long climbs.

Best Time to Visit

May, June, September & October

What to Bring on Tour

On the Bike:

  • 2-3 pairs of cycling shorts with chamois lining
  • Chamois cream
  • 2-3 brightly colored bicycle jerseys (one will be provided by us)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes and pedals (if you use them)
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof wind breaker or rain jacket
  • Light weight jacket or vest
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Day pack/hip pack
  • Arm and leg warmers
  • Saddle (optional)

Off the Bike:

  • 2-3 interchangeable evening outfits – our style is very casual and comfortable; jacket and tie not necessary
    • We occasionally have a more formal evening, feel free to bring something for that occasion
  • 1-2 lightweight sweaters
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts or slacks
  • Intimate clothing/sleepwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes for evenings in town

For Alpine Tours:

Pack warmer clothing (layers), waterproof gear, warm gloves and hat

Personal Supplies:

  • Passport and photocopies of your passport
  • Wallet ☐ Airline ticket/e-ticket information
  • Camera and camera charger
  • Cell phone
  • Electrical adapter and adapter plug
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions or other medications
  • Bathing suit and sunscreen
  • Cash for guide gratuity and meals on own
  • Cash for wine kitty (optional)

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