On Course for Corsica ?
Imagine yourself, riding along a forest trail overlooking the bright blue sea, the perfect riding temperature (what a treat in April !) and alongside 9 other adventurers, all enjoying the moment with grins all round.
A destination favoured by hikers for the famous GR20 route, or by road cyclists for it’s sweeping roads cut into cliffs high above the sea, Corsica made us tremble with excitement at what it has to offer. A desire for wide open spaces and adventure is what drives us, and it’s what we want to share with you, so that your rides go that step further and become a journey and adventure. So the teams at Gravel Up and Origine present to you the ultimate trip to do that : the Corsican Traverse, from south to north and on the ideal bike for this at times remote journey – the Origine Graxx
The GRAXX is most at home off the beaten track, thanks to its ride quality and capable handling, and us too. So come live the dream in the South of Corsica, in a little pocket of paradise near Sartene where you will stay with our travel and food loving host. The Origine bikes can take you on the best roads and most picturesque trails to discover the unusual and magical…
Adventure, without taking yourself too seriously. As above all Gravel Up is about riding, living and having fun. You’ll be flying downhill from a col, or riding an awesome trail found by the local and qualified guide who will ride with you.
Cette traversée de la Corse emprunte des endroits surprenants de beauté comme le Plateau de Coscione, la vallée de l’Ortolo ou encore la secrète Cala Di Conca . Les rues étroites et pavées de Sartène serpentent autour de charmantes églises, depuis lesquelles on voit des villages accrochés aux montagnes, offrant des vues spectaculaires.
Our Corsican Traverse takes in some of the most inscredible local sights, such as the Plateau do Coscione (home of wild pigs) the Col de Vergio and the famous Corte village. Narrow cobbled streets wind their way around charming churches, from where you get a feel of the village perched on the mountainside, and spectacular views of course ! There’s always a reminder of the wild side of Corsica, with nature not wanting to be tamed around every corner. Wild black pigs and donkeys in the road, with vagaries of the weather and the wild landscapes, you’ll need to be ready for anything on this adventure
Pour garder ses sens en éveil à 110%, le voyage organisé par GravelUp et Origine comprend aussi du « beyond biking », comprenez « au-delà du vélo ». Car c’est bel et bien l’occasion de découvrir les cultures locales, le terroir et comprendre l’histoire de l’île expliquée par ses membres les plus intimes.
Its not just about the bike though, Gravel Up and Origine also believe that "Beyond Biking" is equally as important so that you are 100% present both on and off the bike. It would be rude not to make the most of the local cultures and understand a bit more of the turbulent history of Corsica from the locals. Don’t forget the local specialities too – local wines full of character, delicate olice oils and even local clementines picked straight from the tree if we are lucky !
We believe that R+R is an important part of an adventure and moments of relaxation will feature highly, including yoga and moments shared together to help repair body and mind after all those kms ridden.
So are you on course to discover Corsica with us ? If your looking for the ultimate bike trip away this year and you’ve got some bike skills so that you’re happy on the trails, then go big in search of the coveted Up Corsica badge. This is the ultimate reward of an adventure well spent, hand delivered by the Gravel Up and Origine teams.
Gravel Magazine came and rode Corsica with us last year, this was what their Editor-in-chief had to say at the end of the trip : "The weather has been incredible and we’ve made the most of these last few moments on the fantastic Beautiful Isle. We spent the last evening in a good restaurant in Place Marcha, reliving the 4 days we had spent together and all the memories we would take home with us. As well as a definite desire to come back again !"
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