PPP CYCLE CHALLENGE 2016 - CORSICA

15th June 2016

The PPP Corsica cycle challenge will comprise 3 full days of between 50 to 70 miles each day. Much of the route will be along or close to the coast, with a mountain backcloth but with a couple of big climbs comparable to the Pyrenees.

The route will follow part of each of the first 3 legs of the 2013 Tour de France but will also include sections of spectacular scenery missed by Le Tour.


A summary:

  • Approx. 175-210 miles cycling over three days
  • The ride is dominated by the sea and mountains - passing over some of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world.
  • Four nights in 3*/4* hotels 
  • Open to both novices and experienced cyclists

The bike ride will be open to participants from all areas in the PPP market – both UK and overseas.  We have a maximum of 40 riders. 


The cost for the trip, including all local travel, meals and accommodation is £850 + VAT (excluding flights).

Although this year’s cycle trip does not have a group charity, riders are welcome to raise money for the charity of their choice. 


To register for the challenge, please contact

Kirsty Wilson
Tel: +44(0) 203 735 5662
Email: kirsty.wilson@partnershipsbulletin.com

 

The Itinerary 

Wednesday – Fly to Calvi 
We fly via Nice to Calvi, a delightful port on the north-west coast of Corsica and transfer to a boutique hotel, Hostellerie de L’Abbaye in the town close to the sea. You should arrive at the hotel around 16.00. Your bikes will be there to greet you having been transported by van from the UK via the Nice ferry. Bikes will be checked and there will be the option for up to a couple of hours cycle ride before dinner which will be in a restaurant in the harbour. 

Thursday Calvi to Piana -  59 miles; 5300ft elevation gain
We leave Calvi and follow the coast on an undulating road to the village of Galleria by the coast. The coastal landscape becomes increasingly more dramatic as we head south. After Galleria we head inland climbing our first Col de Pamarella 408m. Just outside Osari is the Boccaccio a Croce, a great viewpoint over the coastline and the Golfe de Porte. To the south you can see our route. We will lunch close to Osari and then continue via Pastinello to Porto after which follows the highlight of the day, The Calanches, a stupendous route through red sandstone sculptured cliffs to Piana where we stay the night in the rustic Hotel les Roches Rouge.  

Friday Piana to Calacuccio - 50 miles; 5500ft elevation gain
The Calanches is so great an experience that we retrace our route to Porto to savour the Calanches again. From sea level we now begin our climb to Passerelle de Pinello 334m, then a downhill and a second strong climb to Evisa 829m. A further 12km of climbing brings us to Col de Vergio at 1477m, the highest pass in Corsica. Now we are treated to the great descent to Albertacce and views over Lake Sidossi and the village of Calacuccio. We finish the day’s riding by cycling around the lake finally arriving at a lovely boutique hotel on the edge of Calacuccio overlooking hills and valleys with soaring alpine peaks.

Saturday Calacuccio to St Florent - 73 miles; 4600ft elevation gain
We leave Calacuccio with a fabulous descent through the stunning Gorge de Regina after which there is a climb into remote countryside and woodland. After a brief ride along the main road North of Corte we turn off on the old road to I’ll Rousse, a gentle meandering climb through pastoral scenery. We then cross onto the D81 to a low pass at 364m and onto our lunch stop at the quaint hill village of Belgodere. After dropping to the coast, our route now passes through the weird landscape of the Desert of Agnates and eventually descends into the pretty resort of St Florent. Our hotel, Auberge Lustincone is 5km out of the town in the countryside near Santa Maria. 

Sunday - return to UK
We transfer 40 minutes to the airport for a direct morning return flight to London. Bikes will be loaded onto the van which will ferry back from Bastia to Nice and through France arriving back in London by Monday evening.