Tag Archives: Corsica

GR20 lessons.

I learned these: These mountains will steal your heart. You will come out a different person, either having proven something to yourself, breached your horizons and soaked up the aesthetics of mountain life while pushing the bounds of your physical … Continue reading

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The hike: GR20 (North)

Monday: Refuge de Carrozzu to d’Ascu Stagnu. 6km (3 3/4 miles), Ascent 860m (2280ft), Descent 710m (2330ft), 5hrs 30mins by the book It took me more like 7h 30m. The climb out of Carrozzu was a familiar one, the same … Continue reading

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Artisan route, clockwise.

33°C, sunny nil breeze. I rode Zing with MapMyRide+! Distance: 50.40km, time: 02:38:59, pace: 3:09min/km, speed: 19.02km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2375533769​ Roaring got cut I’m managing hydration better now. A big drink before I go and a top up at Corbara. The loop … Continue reading

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Try out one of the routes in reverse.

34°C, hot sun. I rode Zing with MapMyRide+! Distance: 27.49km, time: 01:18:48, pace: 2:52min/km, speed: 20.94km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2373286736 Set off early into to rising run. This works well because much of the climbing is in shade here.​

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Col de Salvi and Corbara

31°C, still and clear blue. I rode Zing with MapMyRide+! Distance: 41.74km, time: 02:09:25, pace: 3:06min/km, speed: 19.35km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2368525580 Much better hydration management today. I tanked up more to start and stopped at a spring in Corbara for a top-up. … Continue reading

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A Muvrella

30°C, light wind, 0 cloud. mountain day in the Corsican mountains. starting from Refuge de Bonifatio. I hiked with MapMyRide+! Distance: 16.88km, time: 14:28:00, pace: 51:25min/km, speed: 1.17km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2365889798 Anyway, the mountain. Every mountain has a character. This one has tricky … Continue reading

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Kona Zing 1

33°C, brisk westerly, 0 cloud I rode Zing with MapMyRide+! Distance: 27.60km, time: 01:22:27, pace: 2:59min/km, speed: 20.08km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/2360194439​ I’ve rented a bike for the second week. It’s a Kona Zing, an aluminium road bike of about the same age … Continue reading

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GR20, Stage 2.

34°C in the valley, 24 on tops. Epic mountain day. Walked Stage 2 against the flow. Most people start in Calenzana and head south. Mine was a day walk so I didn’t have to consider following stages. The guide book … Continue reading

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BTwin in Corsica:1

I rode BTwin with MapMyRide+! Distance: 22.68mi, time: 02:05:10, pace: 5:31min/mi, speed: 10.87mi/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/1091448741 Tough ride, tougher than it should have been, even considering the steep hills and tremendous heat. Oh, and the very strong wind. I felt terrible, maybe … Continue reading

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Monte Corona, Corsica,

30°C, hot, sunny, ne wind. Big climb: through endless pine and beech forest. The walk in was a long steady gradient through forest. A magical fairytale forest filled with strange animal sounds and clouds of butterflies that rise as you … Continue reading

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