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|100th Tour de France - Article by Rebecca Phillips|
"The news that the 100th Tour de France will be starting on the stunning island of Corsica has caused quite a stir. It is the first time that this most prestigious of road biking races has visited the "Isle of Beauty". In fact, the island of Corsica is the only region of France that has never seen the race before, making this a historic and momentous occasion in more ways than one.
The island has been well prepared for the vast influx of visitors who will arrive to watch the "Grand Départ" which is the official start of the race. In fact the first three stages of the Tour de France will be held on the island, making it a spectacular occasion for both locals and visitors alike.
You might ask why Corsica has been chosen as the starting point of the 100th Tour de France, especially when it has never been part of the route before. The real question should be, why hasn`t Corsica been part of the race before. Indeed this beautiful island is one of the most breathtaking yet challenging places to go on a cycling tour. The island is home to both sun and sea in addition to a number of mountains which can be up to 2,000 metres in height. This makes it a fantastically challenging yet infinitely rewarding place to go on a cycling holiday. It provides the perfect conditions for a road biking tour.
In celebration of the 100th Tour de France, Europe Active will be offering guided tours of the island to co-ordinate with the race itself. This is in addition to the wide range of cycling tours that they currently offer, which include a variety of guided group holidays, audax style tours, self guided road cycling and a range of leisure cycling trips which provide an ideal opportunity to make the most of the island.
Corsica offers a breathtaking diversity of terrain and landscapes. The intensity of any cycling tour here can be tailored to suit your level of fitness so don`t feel the pressure to keep up with the pros. Instead you can cycle around the mountains, forests and coastal routes at your own pace in order to take in all the stunning scenery that the island has to offer.
The island has become an increasingly popular destination for cyclists who want a cycling holiday which is completely unique. There are a number of articles from the passionate cyclists at bikes.org.uk which will provide invaluable advice on getting the most from your Corsican Tour de France adventure."
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