The Great Crossing of Corsica by Electric Bike
Le GT20 : The great crossing of Corsica by electric bike !
The bike now has its GR20! With more than 600Km crossing the most beautiful landscapes of Corsica, between turquoise waters and snow-covered peaks, and a high point at nearly 1,500 meters, the GT20 is one of the most beautiful cycling routes in Europe… and also one of the most challenging.
Fortunately, the technology of the electric bicycle coupled with the network of Bosch charging stations along the route, make this Grande Traversée de Corse, with zero carbon emissions, accessible to everyone regardless of age and physical condition.
What’s the GT20 itinerary ?
The GT20 crosses Corsica from north to south. The 600 km route starts from Bastia, in the north-east of Corsica, then crosses the Cap Corse to take you to the west coast of the island of beauty, to discover Balagne and its promontory villages. The GT20 then continues along the coast towards Galeria, the gulf of Porto and the creeks of Piana, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Porto, the itinerary then takes you to the centre of Corsica by crossing the Spelunca Gorges, the Aitone forest and its natural pools before climbing the Pass of Verghju, the highest road pass in Corsica perched at an altitude of 1,478 metres.
From the Col de Verghju, the GT20 then takes you to Corte, the historic capital of independent Corsica and its Restonica valley and mountain lakes.
From Corte, you continue south through the passes and villages of the interior towards Venaco, Ghisoni, Zicavo then Zonza and its aiguilles de Bavella, before descending the Ospedale forest to end your adventure on the heavenly beaches of Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio in the extreme south of Corsica.
Is GT20 difficult ?
Why is GT20 the most challenging cycling route in Europe ?
With 600Km of route, a peak at almost 1,500m and 9,500m of difference in altitude, the GT20 seems at first sight addressed to expert cyclists.
On a classic bike, the itineray is reserved for high-experienced cyclists with a good physical condition and high endurance are required to be able to pass the dozens of passes that make up the Corsican mountains. Agencies specialising in cycle tourism in Corsica offer to organise your GT20 road bike tour with you.
With an electric bicycle, the GT20 becomes accessible to everyone. The most important is to choose electric bikes with good power to climb the passes and a large autonomy. An effortless crossing of Corsica by bike… It’s as if you could do the GR20 while flying!
The GT20 is therefore a very difficult cycling itinerary that e-bike technology makes accessible to everyone. An amazing and unique itinerary, the majority of the route crosses the protected areas of the Parc Naturel Régional de la Corse.
For hiking enthusiasts, the GT20 also offers many connections with the GR20.
The Bosch eBike charging stations on the GT20
In order to never run out of battery, AppeBike has partnered with Bosch to launch the world’s first network of Bosch eBike charging stations. A pilot project of charging stations for users of electric bikes powered by Bosch.
Each PowerStation offers six secure key lockers to safely recharge your battery. The Power Stations are compatible with all Bosch batteries, such as PowerTube or PowerPack.
Remove your battery and recharge it free of charge in one of our new PowerStations. Always keep the key to remove your battery with you!
The Bosch eBike Systems Standard Charger 4A will charge your battery while you enjoy lunch, an activity or just a break.
How many days to do the GT20 ?
Like the GR20, the GT20 can be made in whole or in part via multiple variants and crossings and departing from different cities in Corsica.
The GT20 in 6 Days from Ajaccio
Starting from Ajaccio, this 6-day e-bike itinerary allows you to join the GT20 via the Transversale Ajaccio – Zicavo. From Zicavo, ride through the villages and forgotten roads of the interior via Ghisoni, Venaco before discovering Corte and the Restonica valley. You then climb the Verghju pass before returning to the gulf of Porto and the creeks of Piana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before following the coast via Cargese and the beaches of Sagone to reach Ajaccio, the Napoleon’s town.
The GT20 in 8 Days via the seacost from Bastia
Starting from Bastia, this 8-day e-bike itinerary allows you to cross the northern part of the GT20 in 6 stages. From Bastia, you reach the end of the Cap Corse before riding along the western side of the Cap to cross Saint Florent and the Balagne until you reach the Scandola nature reserve and the Gulf of Porto. From Porto, you continue south through the calanques de Piana and the village of Cargese until you reach the imperial city of Ajaccio via the Gulf of Sagone.
The whole GT20 in 12 Days from Bastia to Porto-Vecchio
The GT20 from A to Z! Departing from Bastia, this 12-day e-bike itinerary takes you through the vineyards of Patrimonio, Saint Florent and the Balagne to reach the Scandola nature reserve and the Gulf of Porto.
From Porto, the itinerary then takes you to the centre of Corsica via pass of Verghju, and Corte before crossing the villages of Venaco, Ghisoni, Zicavo and Zonza to finally reach Porto-Vecchio in the extreme south.
Ride the GT20 by Electric Bike
In 6 days, 8 days or 12 days, from Bastia or Ajaccio, AppeBike allows you to ride GT20 effortlessly. Go on a top-of-the-range electric bike combining comfort, power and endurance with a Bosch Active Line Plus engine that will give you the boost you need to fly over the steepest mountain passes, coupled with a 500Wh battery, the German manufacturer’s battery offering the longest autonomy on the market. Leave serenely, equipped with your charger, on the long distances with the strong relief thanks to the average 120Km battery-life :
- Electric bike made by Peugeot
- Bosch Active Line engine with 500Wh battery
- 120 km average battery-life
Testimonials : They’ve made the GT20
Stéphane and his wife set off on the small roads of the GT20. After 9 Days and 500 Km covered, beyond “having lived magical moments” Stéphane confides “having discovered places he would never have discovered by car”.
Book your bike holiday in Corsica on the GT20
Available from 125€ for the GT20 in 6 Days, our electric bike rentals include the supply of chargers, helmets, puncture-proof bombs and 7/7 assistance. For any question about accessories (rear panniers, etc…) or for the organisation of your GT20, please leave us a message below. The AppeBike Team will get back to you as soon as possible.