May 22-June 6. This Mega Tour will take you to two legendary race events the Monaco GP & Moto GP Italy. You’ll cross the French Alps & ride renowned mountain passes, soak up the fun on the Riviera, then board the ferry to Corsica. Your Corsica motorcycle tour will have you visiting the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte and experiencing why riders in the know flock to the island for some serious fun. After a few days of Corsican excitement it’s off Tuscany, and Italian Moto GP. Food, fun, race action, get yourself here.
Grenoble, France, nestled in the French Alps, host of the 1968 Winter Olympics. Every year Grenoble attracts thousands of tourists for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and motorcycling.
Surrounded by 4 mountain ranges, Grenoble was a city of strategic importance during conflicts with Italy & Savoy (now part of France).
Today Grenoble is the capital of the Isere department. (Departments are the administrative units similar to counties or regions in other countries.) It plays host to numerous companies in microelectronics, produces highly qualified engineers, paper industry as well as hydroelectric power all drive the economy.
Why do you Need to Come to Grenoble?…from a rider’s perspective:
Names like the Alpe d’Huez, Galibier Pass, Lautaret Pass, are just a few of the spectacular roads featured in events like the Tour de France and major attractions for riders as well. If you like flat and straight riding, then you probably won’t have fun on the roads around Isere, unless you take the highway.
With such a high density of mountain roads & fabulous scenery, Grenoble is a great hub for motorcycle touring. You could come to Grenoble and do day rides and return in the evening without having to pack up and change lodgings every night. This could be very interesting if you travel as a couple but ride solo. Your companion could choose from numerous activities while you go ride.
Location, location location:
You might live in an area that requires a long ride before the road gets interesting…
Within minutes from downtown Grenoble you can be flying through twisties in any of the four surrounding mountain ranges: Belledonne, Chartreuse, Oisans and Vercors. (Each mountain range will be covered more in depth in separate posts.)
Col de la Madeleine
Col du Noyer
Croix de Fer
Besides motorcycle riding, there are a number of other thrilling activities worth exploring as well.
A number of the ski resorts surrounding Grenoble offer multiple outdoor activities as well as classic indoor activities (ice skating, swimming, spa…)
Birthplace of Stendahl 18th century novelist
Jean-François Champollion, founding figure in Egyptology
Only a few days into 2018, and it’s already off to a great start. We’ve got a lot of exciting tours & events to look forward to, this is just one of them.
This year the BMW Passion Days track event will be part of the Corsica Monaco Grand Prix Motorcycle Tour. For those of you unfamiliar with BMW Passion Days, it’s a track day featuring the full line-up of BMW bikes and automobiles.
There are six, 20 minute sessions for you to ride on the iconic Circuit Paul Ricard track. (The same one of Bol d’Or and French Grand Prix F1 fame). Two long straights will let you see just how fast these machines can go. The turns are technical and will let you appreciate how well the bikes handle & brake. You’ll find out how good your skills are on a range of machines.
Track sessions are arranged by skill level. Motorcycles and cars take turns for 20 minutes in alternating fashion. While you’re not riding, you can enjoy watching cars or other rider groups in a spectacular setting.
Once you’ve tried out different models, why not check out some of the BMW automobiles and go for some hot laps with a professional driver?
In between all the action on track there’ll be a catered lunch, entertainment and you can just spectate from the rooftop deck if you need a break.
This is a fabulous event that any petrol head will enjoy. Even if you don’t care to ride the track, you’ll enjoy the ambiance and watching.
This event alone is well worth attending. We’re glad we can incorporate it into our Corsica Motorcycle Tour featuring the Historic Monaco Grand Prix.
Quick refresh on Corsica: an island in the Mediterranean that currently belongs to France. Throughout history it was hotly contested between Geno, Pisa & France. Famous Corsicans-Mr. Napoleon Bonaparte himself. (sorry Cheech & Chong are not Corsican even though they were in “the Corsican Brothers”).
Corsica attracts thousands of European riders. For one, the roads are extremely fun…if you like turns. If you are a straight line boulevard cruiser, you will not enjoy the ride. There just aren’t many straightaways.
The diversity and scenery are just amazing. Corsica is known as the “isle of beauty” and it lives up to its reputation. Coasts, mountains, cliffs, forests, valleys, and yes, even a desert. The Corsicans have fought hard to preserve the natural beauty of the island. High rise building, garish hotels, big box retail and the like are non existent.
Once you’ve toured Corsica, you will find yourself strangely drawn to it. Each time you discover something new. Tt’s pleasant to return and see that it’s just like how you left it and the time before that.
Lest we not forget one of the crown jewels of motor racing: Monaco Grand Prix. This year we’ll see vintage race cars in the Historic Grand Prix. There’s nothing else left like it. You need to see, hear & smell the cars as they roar around the city streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
As if that’s not enough for you, crossing the Alps to get from Grenoble to the French Riviera and Monaco is necessary. That part of the trip can be a tour unto itself. Discover mountain pass after pass, and enjoy French wine & cuisine in the evenings.
If you don’t know us yet, we don’t do ordinary here at M2. We know that you’re coming from far away, and making the trip is a major investment, time & money-wise. We pack in as much goodness on every level as possible, so that when you depart you have one thing on your mind: coming back and doing it again.