........... Cycling en Corse

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** Hot Corsican Cycling News: The first 3 stages of the Tour de France, 2013 will be in Corsica! Read all the details in this Corse Matin article.**

“Corsica has the best naturally wild terrain for riding in all of Europe. Challenging roads, great food, top flight wines in the supermarches, and consistently fun routes.”

Andy Hampsten

I find I totally agree with Andy, one of the best bike racers America ever produced—Corsica has the best routes I have ever ridden! (Click Here to see some Corsican rides via Calvibike on "YouTube".)

Since 1988 I have visited and ridden all over the Isle de Beauté: Coastal roads, narrow mountain tracks, and unbelievably scenic hill villages. All with limited auto traffic, and drivers that are respectful of cyclists.

Having normally vacationed in Corsica during the off-season (May-June, or September-October), a visit during August this year, left me pleasantly surprised... Even during Haute Saison, roads away from the coast were almost empty of cars.

The routes I have taken are varied: Epics to the high mountain range of Col de Bavella; circuits around the hill towns of La Balagne; secondary coast roads with 500 foot cliffs plunging down to the sea; or hill climbs just for the thrill of the descent. No matter where my riding takes me on this beautiful island, Corsica has so much of what I dream about doing on a bike.

The road to Sainte Antoine

Roads are quite varied, from glass smooth new pavement, multi-patched bone shakers to rutted goat paths for the more adventurous. Still when you go for a ride the choices are all there within a small geographic area.

The view from the coast road to Galeria

The lobby of A Flatta

For cycling historians, a pilgrimage to A Flatta (www.aflatta.com) above Calenzana can’t be passed up — This is an inn run by the daughter of legendary French cyclist Jacques Anquetil. In the lobby there is a display of his jerseys and other memorabilia from his career.

If this sounds like the place for your next cycling adventure, or you'd like more information, drop us an email at fleurdecorse@hotmail.com. I’m happy to share some of my favorite places and I know of a great Corsican apartment that could be a wonderful base for exploration...(Click Here to see some Corsican rides via Calvibike on "YouTube").

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