The most common thing mistake is to describe Corsica (or any other Mediterranean island) by comparing it to another island that we know better. Well, there's no bigger mistake. Corsica is not a Sardinia with something less or more as well as Sardinia is not like Sicily with something less or more. So why don't explain Corsica (and the other islands) for what it's got, and not for what it misses? Corsica has got fabulous mountains, very little or no flat (except on the eastern side that is less suitable for cycling).
Cycling in there gives an amazing feeling of freedom and challenge. You'll feel the uniqueness of cycling across Alps-alike mountains, with some of the longest climbs we've ever made, but immersed on a purely Mediterranean geography and weather. Not enough? Well you'll find there some of the nicest coastline roads too, especially on the stages along the west coast.
Out of the mainstream locations, roads are quiet and the asphalt is generally good. We're definitely sure it's an experience that a dedicated cyclist must do!
Because it's not just cycling
As usual, diamonds are not right on the surface! In the same way, this jewel-town, among the oldest and most authentic in Corsica, requires go past many cols. But it's worth the job!
Vergio, Bavella, Verde and many more. These are the names of some of the famous super long cols that you can find in Corsica. And they're a blast if you're among those - like us not featherweight riders - who like going up steady for ages on a gentle incline. Here you can do that for as far as 40km!
Being Corsica socially, culturally and geographically very close to Italy gives cyclists a lot of advantages. One of them is the opportunity to taste (nearly) the same great espressos and cappuccinos you might find just a few hundred kilometers south, in Italy. And if we - as espresso addicted and Italians- tell it to you, that's a matter of fact.
Corsica's coastline - especially the west coast - features amazing views and offers excellent cycling too.
Corsica has very little population: less than 400.000 people. And people are mostly spread out along the coastline centers. This makes inner Corsica a cycling paradise with many quiet and picturesque villages where you can enjoy a lovely stop.
Fancy long climbs and alpine views? But also Mediterranean weather? Here you can get both: 2/3 of the territory is mountain and the weather is purely Mediterranean.