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Explore Corsica by Le Tour de France Cyclo Sportive 2017

24th to 29th May 2017

Explore Corsica is new for 2017, this 5 day cycling event will take you on a tour of the most beautiful roads of Corsica. Sites visited include the Cap Corse, the crystal-clear beaches of Porto Vecchio and Bavella Needles. You will enjoy a complete journey across Southern Corsica, the region of La Balagne and its perched villages, and finally a passage through the heart of the Agriates Desert.

Explore Corsica is a unique concept combining a boat cruise and a multi-day Cyclosportive in stages. A 5-day astounding sport and human adventure without any logistical constraints to share with family or friends (special progamme and prices for partners and children).

Explore Corsica consists of 4 dream stages totalling 420 kms and 7500 metres of climbing. You will be accompanied by ride captains who are retired or active professional cyclists and they will share with you their experience and be your guide regardless of your cycling level.

Explore Corsica by le Tour de France, ride your tour and cycle in the same conditions as professional athletes: the race direction’s car, secured roads, technical assistance along the route, food supplies, security and medical services, timing, daily rankings, first aid, technical and tactical advice, pre-race briefings, conferences about cycling.

Accommodation:

Corsica Linea – Comfort Cabins...
The Corsica Linea has 5 decks and a large number of diverse public areas including a cinema, shops, à
la carte restaurants, cafeteria, auditorium, meeting room, swimming pool.

The ship will be especially adapted for the ‘Explore Corsica by Tour de France’ Cyclosportive especially for the race. There will be a bike park, a mechanical workshop, a massage room and a medical service installed on the decks. The meals (breakfast, lunch) will be served either on board at times to suit your performance during the event. In the evening, you can choose to dine on board or in one of the numerous restaurants in the ports of call. Once your luggage is in your cabin, you’ll no longer have any logistical constraints for the rest of your voyage.


Comfort Cabin

Corsica Linea – Standard Cabins...
The Corsica Linea has 5 decks and a large number of diverse public areas including a cinema, shops, à
la carte restaurants, cafeteria, auditorium, meeting room, swimming pool.

The ship will be especially adapted for the ‘Explore Corsica by Tour de France’ Cyclosportive especially for the race. There will be a bike park, a mechanical workshop, a massage room and a medical service installed on the decks. The meals (breakfast, lunch) will be served either on board at times to suit your performance during the event. In the evening, you can choose to dine on board or in one of the numerous restaurants in the ports of call. Once your luggage is in your cabin, you’ll no longer have any logistical constraints for the rest of your voyage.


Standard Cabin

Corsica Linea – Economy Cabins...
The Corsica Linea has 5 decks and a large number of diverse public areas including a cinema, shops, à
la carte restaurants, cafeteria, auditorium, meeting room, swimming pool.

The ship will be especially adapted for the ‘Explore Corsica by Tour de France’ Cyclosportive especially for the race. There will be a bike park, a mechanical workshop, a massage room and a medical service installed on the decks. The meals (breakfast, lunch) will be served either on board at times to suit your performance during the event. In the evening, you can choose to dine on board or in one of the numerous restaurants in the ports of call. Once your luggage is in your cabin, you’ll no longer have any logistical constraints for the rest of your voyage.

What’s included with the race organisation?

  • The official race direction car from the Tour de France
  • The official timing of your race
  • Daily rankings by category and distinctive Tour de France jersey presentation
  • Secured races/ signal marshals, police and motorbikes along the route
  • 35 security motorbikes i.e. 1 bike for 15 participants
  • Security cars present at the beginning, middle and tale of the peloton
  • A repatriation service on each stage (broom wagon)
  • A professional medical assistance team of 4 doctors
  • A physiotherapy service
  • An en-route mechanical service
  • A cycle repair and maintenance workshop on the boat
  • An area for cleaning bikes at the arrival of every stage
  • Various provisions on every stage (solids, liquids, energy products)
  • A daily race briefing
  • A massage / recuperation treatment service at the arrival of every stage
  • A daily award ceremony
  • A gala dinner on board

Planned itinerary for the 2017 event:

Wednesday May 24th 2017 – Arrival in Nice
Option to book airport transfer. Enquire here

14:00 – Participants welcome
21:00 – Ship leaves for Bastia. Overnight sailing.

Thursday, May 25th 2017 – Bastia

07:00 – Arrival in Bastia
08:00 – Departure of Stage 1 – Around the Cap Corse. The first stage starts on leaving Bastia by the 10km climb of the Teghime pass. After the first difficult kilometres, the steepness decreases and you will be able to recuperate gradually from this effort. You will continue with a fast and technical descent opposite the amazing Gulf of Saint Laurent. Then, the recently resurfaced but bumpy and uneven road will be a treat for ‘rouleurs’! New challenge at 60 kms; the Sainte-Lucie pass and its 381 m. height difference. The return takes you via the Island’s eastern road route to Bastia.
23:00 – Boat leaves for Porto-Vecchio

Friday, May 26th 2017 – Porto-Vecchio

07:00 – Arrival in Porto-Vecchio
08:00 – Departure of Stage 2 – At the top of Bavella. Stage 2 will be the longest and most difficult one on of Explore Corsica 2017. By way of warm-up, you will quickly cycle the first 30 kilometres along the coast. Things will get serious in Solenzara with a 30km ascent up the Bavella pass, through parts in the last kilometres of more than 30%. The race is not yet over! The slopes down to Zonza and then at the village of Levie will allow you to rest before having to attack the last difficulty of this stage, the Bacinu Pass at 809m. On this challenging stage, you will discover the stunning Corsican mountain!
19:00 – Evening out in Porto-Vecchio

Saturday, May 27th 2017 – Porto-Vecchio

08:00 – Departure of Stage 3 – From Mare to Mare. For this third stage, we propose a crossing of the entire island, from “mare” to “mare”. Once out of Porto-Vecchio, you’ll be challenged with the main difficulty of the day, the famous Ospedal pass crossed every year by professional racers of the Criterium International. After a few slight uphill stretches, you will arrive at Zonza quite easily. The next step will be to follow a small climb up to Quenza, which will bring you to the village of
Aullene. From here, you just have to launch yourself on a very pretty descent to Propriano.
09:00 – Boat leaves for Propriano while you ride
13:00 – Boat arrives in Propriano so it’s in place for when you arrive
22:00 – Boat leaves for an overnight sailing to Île-Rousse

Sunday, May 28th 2017 – Île-Rousse

07:00 – Arrival in Île-Rousse
08:00 – Departure of Stage 4 – The crossing of the Agriates desert. From the north coast of Ile Rousse, you will quickly reach the magnificient Agriates desert road. Once through Saint Florent, get ready to face one last difficulty to conclude your Tour of Corsica: the Teghime pass that you will access by its longest and steepest side. An ascent of 12,5km with hills of 10% followed by the arrival of the first edition of Explore Corsica by Le Tour de France.
10:00 – Boat leaves for Bastia and sails while you ride
14:00 – Boat arrives in Bastia to be in place for your arrival
22:00 – Boat leaves for overnight sailing to Nice

Monday, May 29th 2017 – Nice

08:00 – Boat arrives, passengers disembark. Option to book airport transfer. Enquire here

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5 Days, 24/05/17 - 29/05/2017:

Triple:
Economy - £1098
Standard - £1259
Comfort - £1349

Twin:
Economy - £1349
Standard - £1429
Comfort - £1519

Single:
Economy - £2109
Standard - £2279
Comfort - £2529

Included with all packages:

  • Return journey Nice – Corsica by boat
  • Transport between each stage by boat
  • Cabin accommodation on half board in the chosen category (breakfast and lunch included)
  • A gala dinner on board
  • A jersey for the 4 stages of Explore Corsica by le Tour de France
  • A technical jersey of Explore Corsica by le Tour de France
  • A frame plate and 2 personalised numbered jerseys
  • An Explore Corsica by le Tour de France bag
  • A detailed road-book of the race and the 4 stages
  • Explore Corsica by le Tour de France race services
  • A medal and a t-shirt for every finisher
  • A personalised diploma available to download

Extras:
Full board (4 evening meals): £80 per person
On Board Car Parking: £75
(Car immobilised during the trip)

Reduction for non-riders: please email us
Return airport transfer from Nice airport: please email us

Twin to share
You are travelling by yourself and are looking for the best rates? You can share a cabin with another rider of the same sex and benefit from the price of a double cabin!

HOW TO BOOK:
Click on the green button below.
At time of booking we require a non-refundable deposit per person plus any applicable entry fee. The balance of your travel package must be paid, at the latest, 12 weeks before departure to avoid the cancellation of your trip.

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Important Information:
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Visas are not required to enter France. You need a passport to enter France. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. General Travel Information is available also.
For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.

 

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