Where is Corsica? A question I’m often asked and always happy to answer. It’s in the Mediterranean Sea, perched atop Sardinia, 170km from the French coast in the north and just 90km from the coast of Italy in the east. Often regarded as Italian, it is in fact French and has been since 1769.
Corsica, ‘Kalliste' - the beautiful one, France’s L’Île de Beaute, Departments 2a and 2b, complete with it’s own language and unique culture. It's a land that time has forgotten - no high rise buildings, no fast food, no motorways, vast stretches of unspoilt coast and countryside - it is so unlike many parts of the Med that have been paved over in the name of progress and development. The Corsicans are a proud and independent people with a vast heritage for such a small place. Compared to mainland France considerably less English is spoken and making the effort to speak some French is much appreciated. All road signs are dual language Corsican and French for example, L'Île-Rousse, L'Isula-Rossa. The permanent population numbers around 300,000.
Corsica is a mountain range in the sea. There are 21 peaks that rise above 2,000m the highest, Monte Cinto stands at 2,706m. There are in excess of 150 cols that can be conquered by road. All of this is compressed into an island that boasts more than 200 beaches but is just 183km in length and 83km at it’s widest point.
Whilst the mountain biking is extensive this website confines itself to road riding. The roads are virtually all undulating with little in the way of the flat. A degree of experience and fitness is required to make the most of it along with a decent road bike equipped with a good range of gears. I go everywhere on my Cannondale Synapse which is a mid range cyclosportive road bike. However, a good hybrid or touring bike will do the job. A mountain bike would really only do on the shorter routes. Bike hire is available and my Info page has details.
July and particularly August are the busiest months especially around the coast. This is also the warmest time of year. Either side of the peak is a perfect time to visit or get out early in the day. Whilst it’s perfectly possible to ride out of season there is considerably less available in terms of places to stay etc.
Enjoy and do send me any feedback or questions - firstname.lastname@example.org
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