Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the organiser of the Tour de France has teamed up with Carma Sport to organise a new sportive on the island of Corsica.
The four stage sportive, which runs from Thursday May 25 to Sunday May 28, aims to explore the French region and give riders the chance to discover its stunning scenery.
The 2013 Tour de France started on Corsica and this event is being launched as a legacy of the race's visit.
Sportivistes can cover some of the same roads the pros used, plus plenty more besides, over the four days. The ride covers a total of 417km and climbs a huge 7400 metres.
Despite being a sportive, participants are timed and there will be daily classifications. The leading riders are given the opportunity to wear Tour jerseys, if they should wish to.
The event includes the level of support attendees will have come to expect, including medical and mechanical assistance, a marshalled route with safety cars and feed stations on the route.
Credit: Chris Catchpole
We have a look forward to some of the best British sportives to ride in the coming year
The four stages of the Tour of Corsica sportive 2017
Stage 1: Thursday May 25
Around Cap Corse
Start and finish: Bastia
Elevation gain: 1,650m
Stage 2: Friday May 26
Start and finish: Porto-Vecchio
Elevation gain: 2,450m
Stage 3: Saturday May 27
From one sea to another
Elevation gain: 1,850m
Stage 4: Sunday May 28
Crossing the Agriates desert
Elevation gain: 1,526m
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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist magazine in 2017.
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