Lovers of running and cycling race, take advantage of your Corsican holidays to take part in one of our trials. Rally-lovers, come see the WRC Tour de Corse or an historic car rise !
Tour de Corse WRC
Date : early April
The Rallye de France, which is part of the World Rally Championship (WRC) since 1973, is mainly known for its 2 favorite territories: Alsace and Corsica. The unavoidable WRC Tour de Corse is famous for its distance as it goes around the whole island. Redoubtable for its many turns and its high technical level through sinuous mountain roads, it is also called “10 000 turns rally”.
Every year the Tour de Corse usually starts by early April and lasts 4 days. It begins by a first warm-up lap, the Shakedown, which permits the pilots to assess themselves. It goes on with 9 stages over 3 days, including a mythical one because of the legendary Tour de Corse monument and also emblematic in Castagniccia: the St Jean Baptiste’s Church of La Porta. This rally ends with a speedy trial: the Power Stage.
Date : April/May
Since 2011, Campile’s Trail is organized in the village of Campile by the Club Omnisports Campilais (general-purpose club of Campile). This village, located in the heart of Castagniccia, is part of Casaconni’s Pieve. It’s surrounded by 5 hamlets between 100 and 800 meters in height.
The 13 kilometers long route offers to runners breathtaking landscapes with stunning views over the Golo’s Valley, the Bozzio, and the Costa Verde area. From the start, the run drives competitors to crests which overhang Campile, until the Monte Castellare at 1011 meters high. After a hard rise on Bocca Mulaia, runners cross Albareto site, where they can find the first provisions spot. This footpath, which continues through undergrowths and maquis, carries runners to Veille’s fountain, Teraghii and the village of Bisinchi, until the descent into hamlets of Costa, Antibia and Vergagliese. Then, on the village square, at the bottom of the baroque belfry listed historical monument, there is the finish line! There are also 2 other trails (14km on the road, or a little 6km walk) in order to satisfy each participants.
The goal of the organizer team is to give the opportunity to everyone, from beginners to experts, to practice running in the best possible condition.
Date : May
The “Race-Against-Time” is a cycling trial organized by the club Cyclo Casinca Costa Verde which starts in Folelli (Penta-di-Casinca). It takes the road which lead to a famous area of Castagniccia. Participants pedal on 14km, with more of 300 meters in height on the finish line in Piazzole.
Date : May
Second year of Alisgianinca’s Trail, organized in May by the association “Ghjuventu Alisgianinca”. The starting point is located in Piazzali, at the bottom of Alesani’s convent (listed historical monument). 3 trails are proposed: 31 kilometers on 2300 meters high, with passages at more than 1700 meters in height like in Funtana Ghjallata’s sheepfolds, and to the summit of Punta Caldane which peak at 1724 meters high ; 12 kilometers on 850 meters high, appropriated for the mainstream and 7 kilometers, for a familial walk.
This event is the occasion to discover this sportive activity, but it also allows you to give yourself a treat while discovering remarkable point of views, breathtaking panoramas and villages which will exalt eyes and mind.
Date : May
The “Tyrrenian Route” is a cruising race organized by Campuloru’s Yacht Club, visible from the Taverna Port. It joins Corsica with Tuscan’s islands, via Capraia and Elbe islands. During those racing few days, participants navigate on 80 miles.
Historical hill climbing of Campile – Stéphane Giraudi
Date : June
For the 4th time, the Squadra Corsa di Campile (Corsican Team of Campile) organizes the historical hill climbing demonstration on the municipality of Campile. An 8kms long climb starting in Barchetta until the entrance of the village of Campile. For automobile lovers, it’s a must-see!
Corsica Color Fun Run by Costa Verde
Date : on the 29th of July
Enjoy a unique experience and immerse yourself in the Corsican history by participating at the Corsica Color Fun Run, the most colorful race of the island! It’s a 5km itinerary during which participants will be sprayed with a color, matched to a surprise animation. No timer, no ranking, by walking or running, the race is accessible to all!
Keywords are: color, enjoyment, and amusement. Don’t wait any longer and come have a ball in this first time of Corsica Color Fun Run. Registrations on-line or in Poggio Mezzana city hall.
Date : at the end of July
Via Romana is an individual pedestrian race taking place at Carpineto in Castagniccia. Organized since 2001, it’s usually occur at the end of July. It’s registered in international trail Mare e Monti, and in race mountain challenge.
Come measure yourself against Corsican mountain on 3 remarkable routes : 62 km for 4 500 m of positive altitude, 40 km for 2 500 m of positive altitude, or 21 km for 1 100 m of positive altitude. Two mini-trails are organized around Carpineto, in order to initiate young persons into this sportive activity. In a preserved and natural environment, footpaths cross chestnut groves and beechwoods several times centenarians, chapels, churches, convents, sheepfold, water-springs, refreshing fountains, and others local heritage components. Along crest’s lines, discover the whole of Corsican mountains and the Mediterranean Sea… 1, 2, 3, go !
Date : by early September
Casinca’s Trail, starting in the national heritage site of Penta di Casinca, will follow old footpaths which was formerly used by our ancestors. Participants will have the opportunity to discover Casinca’s heritage, while crossing the Castagniccia area and its paths which run alongside walls of stone. This trail, which finishes on the main street of Penta di Casinca, offers breathtaking points of view over the village and its plains.
Two trails are planned: 10 kilometers on 450 meters high, perfect for discover trail’s pleasures, and another one with 17 kilometers on 950 meters high, much harder. A solidarity walk will be also organized in favor of “La Passerelle” Association, which provides help to autistic children.
Historical hill climbing of Castagniccia
Date : september
For the 2nd time, the association Machja Mutori organizes the historical hill climbing demonstration of Castagniccia, in the village of La Porta. A 7kms long climb, which starts at the corner of St Jean-Baptiste’s church and ends in the village of Giocatojo. This event gathers old-engine-lovers, where all of the spectators will have the opportunity to admire rare vehicles.
Costa Verde mountain-bike Raid XC
Date : october
Discover unrivalled mountain-bike tracks in Corsica, certified French Cycling Federation. Across Costa Verde’s landscapes, enjoy the second year Raid XC to pedal on 40 kilometers!