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The 2020 Corsica Raid Starts High In The Mountains

Rob Howard / 06.09.2020
The profile for the first day. It says day 3, but it's now day one.
The profile for the first day. It says day 3, but it's now day one. / © Corsica Raid

Teams at Corsica Raid spent the night in the forest high in the Corsican mountains ahead of the day one start.  After the stages were switched around due to the weather forecast it was long drive for everyone up to the Camping De Tuani in the centre of the island, but it wasn’t too cold overnight and the reward was a sparkling morning for the race start.

Team Freemind Italy at the start of the 2020 Corsica Raid
           Freemind Italy at the start

Teams had to be ready to start at 8am from Grotelle for a 28km mountain running stage which takes them through the hills and down to a finish at Tattone.  Yann Bicaïs describes the day ahead.  “On the way they will pass Lakes Melu and Capitellu, before continuing to the Capitellu gap, Punta Munzella, and the refuge of Pietra Piana. The teams will then continue to Lake Belledone and the mythical summit of Monte Ritondu. The view from one of our highest peaks will be one of the highlights of this 1st stage. But the raiders will have to tap into their reserves to attack an endless descent from the refuge of Petra Piana to the hamlet of Canaglia and finally the arrival at Tattone.”

This stage was originally set for Monday, and it’s traditional at the race to have the high mountain stage in the middle of the event, but the organisers opted to move it due to the weather forecast.  The stage is expected to take 5-6 hours, and unfortunately there is no tracking. We’ll bring you the daily results each evening.

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