Author Topic: Tour de Corse  (Read 894 times)

LittleWheelsandBig

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Tour de Corse
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:18:08 pm »
Some folk may not know that the Audax Club Parisien doesn't just run Brevet Randonneur Mondiaux but homologates a range of brevets, some completely separate from the BRM system.

The Tour de Corse is an permanent brevet looping round the coast and into the hilly interior, encouraging riders to see the best of Corsica.

http://www.audax-club-parisien.com/EN/index.php?showpage=341

Nominally it is 1000km with 14,600m climbing, though the route sheet suggests 992km. Since 1956, over 3400 have qualified for the medal. Most of last year's 99 riders used commercial organisations, covering the route in about a week but the brevet is untimed, so independent riders can be more relaxed about their daily distances.
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Re: Tour de Corse
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2014, 01:10:28 am »
I was one of the riders using commercial organisations - (Marmotte Tours), when I completed Tour De Corse last May.
The scenery is both stunning and diverse. You can get a flavour of this from my photos below.   


https://picasaweb.google.com/103516038499036836792/CorsicaRaidMay13
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Re: Tour de Corse
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2014, 06:43:53 am »
I was one of the riders using commercial organisations - (Marmotte Tours), when I completed Tour De Corse last May.
The scenery is both stunning and diverse. You can get a flavour of this from my photos below.   


https://picasaweb.google.com/103516038499036836792/CorsicaRaidMay13

Also rode with Marmot 2012 and really graet scenery , route and organisation; Pete`s pics allude to the added hazards of the wildlife !! Roads hugging `undulating` coastline superb too :)



---although surfaces at times rough---and on trip I did added `pleasure` of Col de Sorba being dug up for 10km +  ;D.



Also note snowcapped mountains ---not always hot and sunny en Corse in May
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

frankly frankie

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Re: Tour de Corse
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2014, 09:59:06 am »
May is the perfect time though, before the holiday traffic kicks in on the coast roads (the interior roads are always quiet enough).  Also before the hornet season, which I call a major consideration.

I once couriered a commercially-run Tour de Corse (Graham Baxter Tours) with 30 riders and just me in the hired white van lorry.  Having ridden it the year before.  Some of the coast roads were terrifying on 4 wheels, much nicer on 2!


Rocco Richardson crossing the Col de Vergio (highest road on Corsica)
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CrazyEnglishTriathlete

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Re: Tour de Corse
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2014, 11:46:16 am »
There is also a series of UK PROFS (permanent rides on foreign soil) in Corsica, based on Porto Vecchio in the SE ranging from 100km to 600km so you could do a full SR series in the sunshine.
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Re: Tour de Corse
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2018, 04:50:37 pm »
 :thumbsup:
Planning a Tour de Corse self supported trip in June 2019
If anyone else wants to go either to ride with us(great) or at another time I have the routes from the routesheets from ACP on RidewithGPS.
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Re: Tour de Corse
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 12:06:31 pm »
There is also a series of UK PROFS (permanent rides on foreign soil) in Corsica, based on Porto Vecchio in the SE ranging from 100km to 600km so you could do a full SR series in the sunshine.
http://www.aukweb.net//perms/detail/CB01
http://www.aukweb.net//perms/detail/CB04
http://www.aukweb.net//perms/detail/CB10
http://www.aukweb.net//perms/detail/CB17
http://www.aukweb.net//perms/detail/CB25