Patrick couldn't make it this year, so Mark and myself packed both our
bikes into the back of his little Renault van, took the ferry across to
Calais and drove 12 hours through the night to Villeneuve-Loubet (near
Nice) where I used to live, rebuilt the bikes and caught the ferry from
Nice to Bastia in the north of Corsica.
We stayed for just a week, staying in small hotels each night. We had
taken sleeping bags intending to sleep out at least a couple of times,
but in the end we never used them.
We ended up doing rather a lot of road-riding, but found some great
areas for off-road riding (see Route Map below) :
Corsica trip photos
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The Desert des Agriates between St. Florent and L'Ile Rousse, especially
the track along the coast from Anse de Malfalco towards Punta di l'Ancola;
The hill roads which head south† from Calacuccia across the
dam and up over the mountains above.
The woods from Lake Calacuccia up towards the ski station at Col de Vergio.
This is the ForÍt de Valdo-Niello. However some of it is off-limits,
so you have to be careful where you ride.
The area between Zonza and Conca. You come off the tarmac
road just after the Bocca d' Illarata and there are loads of trails
up over the mountains.