As Cyrille was born in Corsica and knows the island inside out, he worked on the best route: 620km (385 miles) and 7400m (24,280ft) of elevation in 2 days. I worked on the equipment choice. We opted for the new Specialized Roubaix: comfortable and efficient. Due to flat sections and super steep hills along the course, we also needed a wide range of gears. We picked the new SRAM Force eTap AXS™ groupset with a 48-35T chainring combo and a 10-33 cassette. And of course, disc brakes!
Day 1: Bastia to Ajaccio - 317km, 4,327m of elevation
5.30, June 24, 2019. The sun is just starting to rise, and it’s time to get on our bikes. Shortly after going out of Bastia, the second biggest city on the island, we ride to Cape Corsica on the northern tip. It’s a beautiful road flowing up the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and taking us from the east to the west coast of the island. For a while, we’re on the seaside with a magical view of the islets of Cape Corse. The sun is now starting to pass the horizon.