Corsica

Our 5 day point to point adventure will take you from our Base Camp through mountains to the coast of Corsica, taking in all the local culture en route, with the odd col to climb thrown in for a challenge. The ideal expedition to get away from it all.

HURRY UP!

Book now your stay for the 2023 season and take advantage of the "Early Bird" rate of 1750 € (instead of 2000 €) valid until November 1st 2022.

Join a group of 10 people to live a strong experience in the discovery of a territory. Come with your best smile and we will take care of the rest! 

Possibility to rent our top-of-the-range gravel bikes for an extra charge:

  • 210 euros for a muscular gravel bike

  • 280 euros for an electric gravel bike

Possibility to privatise the group from 8 people - contact us for more information.

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By booking with us, you also do good for our planet!

A program 100% created by Gravel Up

The discovery of the center of Corsica by bike.

We will meet you at our base camp, hidden in the heart of the Sartenais. Hidden yes, because our host renovated alone his eco sheepfold and keeps it secret for our greatest pleasure. A real haven of peace to start this unique adventure, to get to know each other and already start to disconnect. 

We will begin the 1st day by a the discovery of the Corsican maquis. We will take our time in order to prepare ourselves physically and mentally for the next 4 days which are going to be rich as much in sport as in culture!

Between Corsican vineyards, authentic villages of the center and the mythical needles of Bavella we will make you discover the province of Alta Rocca. The objective is to reach the Coscione plateau which is normally only accessible to hikers. And it is precisely there that the magic of the gravel operates, at ease as well on the roads as on the paths.

Back to the south by the massif of Ospedale and the heights of Porto-Vecchio to come back to our base camp and take the time to realize the adventure that we have just lived. 

We will close the adventure by a moment of sharing still under the magic of the crossing of the Corsican mountains by bike and the strong bonds that we wove together.

We promise you that after that, you will ask for more!

Date range:
April - June 2023
Duration:
5 days / 4 nights
Daily distance:
50 - 80 km
Daily elevation:
1000 - 1500M+
Difficulty:
6 / 10

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Figari airport
  • Accommodation 4 nights in a double room (single option at extra cost)
  • All food for the stay
  • A great welcome pack
  • A mechanic who will share his secrets with you

On gravel

  • A professional and local guide
  • Unique tracks designed by the GravelUp Team
  • Assistance and transportation van

Beyond gravel

  • Wellness activities - Yoga, meditation, relaxation
  • Visits to various historical and cultural sites
  • An evening of celebration
  • A community of enthusiasts

This is not included

  • Transportation from your home
  • Travel insurance for repatriation and civil liability
  • Personal drinks and other souvenir purchases
  • Anything not specified in "What's Included"
  • Gravel bike rental (supplement available)

Preparation & equipment

Guide

We select for you local guides, passionate about their territory.

Bike mechanic, bike shop manager and even eco-guard on the Coscione plateau, our guide is the best person to help you discover Corsica. Anecdotes, encounters and sharing of experiences, he/she will make sure that you have an unforgettable stay and above all that you soak up as much as possible of this fabulous territory.

Spoken languages: French, English

State certified for bike guiding (BPJEPS), he/she will make sure you are safe and will share with you various tips and tricks on how to ride the Corsican trails.

Gravel bike

We propose you on this destination the Gravel 3T Exploro (or equivalent)

A Gravel bike that can handle any surface, from asphalt to singletrack to steep trails. An all-road spirit, but with aggressive geometry and aerodynamics that feel almost identical to a road bike. But it's really off-road on our unique tracks that you'll see its versatility, offering comfort and control. Its weight, very modest for such a robust bike, helps a lot on steep climbs.

eGravel bike

On this destination you will be able to ride the eGravel 3T Exploro RaceMax Boost (or equivalent).

The Exploro Racemax Boost e-bike is perfect for gravel & all-road riding. It’s light yet tough, agile yet planted and fast yet fun.

This makes the Racemax Boost a great range-extender on your gravel adventure. Or it can help you keep up with faster friends on road and gravel rides.

The RaceMax Boost feels every inch the same as the standard RaceMax, with one difference – when the dirt road heads upwards, you can add extra boost for greater traction, this additional power keeping you pedalling up trails you’d otherwise have no right to be riding.

Physical preparation

You are about to experience an Explorer expedition. This is our red trail but the territories we cross offer an environment that can sometimes be demanding depending on the weather conditions. We evolve in a mountainous landscape where the cumulative difference in altitude can quickly be important.

You need a certain technical / cycling background or a strong experience in an endurance sport like running.

To get the most out of this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling several times a week.

Having already done long bike rides of at least 4 hours will allow you to feel more comfortable and better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross.

At least 2 days in a row of cycling experience is a plus.

Use of automatic pedals is mandatory, ability to maneuver the bike on all types of terrain and good braking technique.

How to get there ?

  • By plane : Figari airport

  • By car : Meet us directly at our base camp "Tribu".

  • By boat : Ajaccio or Porto Vecchio

As soon as you arrive, our teams will take care of you and drive you directly to our base camp where the beyond biking experience takes its full meaning. The disconnection can begin, do not worry about anything, we take care of everything!

On your first day, we will meet you at 6pm.

On your first day, we will meet you at noon. And for the last day, plan a departure from our base camp at 4pm.

Any questions?

All questions

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Practicalities

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Climbing mountains makes you happy ! This second experience with gravel up was awesome. Another group, another destination, and I could find the same atmosphere that only the gravel up team is able to foster within just a weekend and between people who don’t know each other beforehand !

Angèle P. - May 2022

Angèle P.

Gravel Up, our expeditions to discover Corsica in gravel.

Our team have come up with three expeditions to keep everybody happy, from regular social cyclists to bikepacking fanatics.

Between 3 and 7 days riding crisscrossing Corsica on a gravel bike with a group of like minded riders will allow you find landscapes and views that will take your breath away. GravelUp takes care of everything during the trip, from carefully chosen accommodation to local meals and snacks ideal for a days riding.

It’s not just this care that makes our expeditions unique, its the local knowledge of our guides and the chance to visit local people and places that make for genuine and beautiful picnic spots and overnight stays. All that’s left for you to do is choose which of our trips to start with and get your gravel bike ready for an unforgettable adventure.

Download our catalogue HERE to see all our offers