Corsica

If you fancy the challenge of crossing Corsica on a gravel bike then this the the expedition for you ! Armed with our local guide and a gravel bike you’ll discover every facet (well almost !) that Corsica has to offer, and tackle the physical challenge of riding from the sea to the mountains and back again.

HURRY UP!

Book now your stay for the 2023 season and take advantage of the "Early Bird" rate of 2750 € (instead of 3000 €) 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:

  • 330 euros for a muscular gravel bike

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

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A program 100% created by Gravel Up

Ready to cross Corsica by Gravel ? Our guide has prepared an exceptional route between mountains, coastal cliffs and arid deserts. 

We will gather at our base camp in the southern part of the island, a sumptuous eco-shepherd's hut. Disconnection and well-being guaranteed to recharge the batteries before tackling a real physical challenge. 

After a first pedal stroke to discover the Corsican maquis and its thorny bushes, we will leave due north, in the direction of Alta Rocca. The serious stuff starts with the crossing of several passes and in particular the crossing of the superb Coscione plateau, in theory only accessible to hikers of the famous GR20.

We will pass by Corte, cultural capital of Corsica with notably the presence of the only university in Corsican language, before attacking the famous col de la Vierge and its legionnaires' camp. Breathtaking landscapes, between pine forests and arid canyons, you will discover the true center of Corsica, cradle of the whole culture of the island. We will go back down through the forest of Aitone, mystical atmosphere, before joining the coast and taking the direction of Calvi and Ile Rousse.

An ascent through all the small villages perched on top of the mountains. Breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and Corsica as you have never seen it before.

Finally, we will take you to the Agriates desert before ending our adventure in Cap Corse, another splendid and authentic region.

Moments of well-being are also on the program - yoga, meditation, relaxation - to allow you to disconnect to better reconnect and make the most of this unique trip.

The beauty of the landscape and the fresh waterfalls will make the physical challenge of this expedition almost easy for the seasoned bikepacker.

Our support vehicle will never be far away to assist you in case of technical or physical problems.

An exceptional trip to share with friends and adventure bike enthusiasts. 

Date range:
April - June 2023
Duration:
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Daily distance:
70 - 100+ km
Daily elevation:
1500 M+
Difficulty:
10 / 10

Gravel Up benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Figari airport
  • All food for the stay
  • Accommodation 6 nights in a double room (single option at extra cost)
  • 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.

Equipment

The complete list will be sent to you a few weeks before your expedition. You will find here the few essential items that you may not have at home:

  • Cycling shorts with chamois to be more comfortable

  • Bike gloves to avoid blisters

  • Cycling shoes

Physical Preparation

You are about to experience a Pathfinder expedition. This is our black trail and the regions we will cross offer an environment that can sometimes be demanding depending on the weather conditions. We are in a mountainous landscapes where the cumulative elevation gain will be very significant.

For this expedition, you need to have a strong technical/cycling background and be used to riding several days in a row.

To take full advantage of this expedition, we recommend that you practice an endurance sport such as jogging, swimming or cycling on a regular basis.

Having already completed several days of cycling trips will allow you to feel more comfortable and to better enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you will cross.

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 in the south of Corsica, our teams will take care of you and drive you directly to our base camp where the beyond biking experience takes all its meaning. The disconnection can begin, don't worry about anything, we take care of everything!

For your arrival, we will meet you on Sunday at 3pm.

For your last day, plan a departure on Sunday at the end of the morning, the time to enjoy a well deserved rest.

Our Pathfinder expedition will end in the region of Bastia, several options are available to you:

  • Our teams will bring you back to our base camp near Sartene to pick up your car.

  • Take a return flight/boat from Bastia.

Any questions?

All questions

Equipment

Practicalities

Safety

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.

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