Archive for April, 2015

Guest opinion: What makes inGamba special

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Mark Bibbey is an inGamba regular. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, his adopted home of 20 years after growing up in Wyoming. He has been riding bicycles all his life, but developed a real obsession for the sport in the last 10 years. He enjoys riding many disciplines involving tire widths ranging 23c to 3.8in, on any and all surfaces. And luckily for him, his job as an airline pilot allows many opportunities to ride in varied locales. (more…)

Singing in the rain

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It’s a cliché, but as hackneyed phrases go it’s a pretty useful one to remember as a cyclist. This sport is hard on the best of days, but cold winds and hard rain can make it insufferable. Even a little drizzle can turn a fun spin into a misery march if you leave the house in the wrong kit. (more…)

inGamba by numbers: what’s involved in an unforgettable week of riding

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

It’s impossible to quantify the inGamba experience. The escapades, friendships and flavours of a week with us all combine to form the kind of memories that you can’t measure or put a number on. Those kinds of treasures are priceless. (more…)

Donkey Week, stages six and seven

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Only on Donkey Week could 276 kilometres over two days count as taking it easy, but after our mammoth stage five, the final two days of this season’s opening trip were comparatively easy. (more…)

Giordana: pushing the boundaries with FR-C

Friday, April 10th, 2015

inGamba’s Donkey Week had a surprise mid-trip treat from our friends at Giordana, who sent over their new elite collection, the FR-C: FormaRed-Carbon, for all of our guests to put to the test. (more…)

Donkey Week, stage five

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Stage five was definitely not for the faint-hearted. It was an onerous 208 kilometres from Estremoz to Alvito, in the heart of Portugal’s rugged, sparsely populated and hauntingly beautiful interior. The elements were changeable, but the pace was as consistent as it was unforgiving. It was one of those days when you just have to knuckle down and hammer the pedals. It was the Day of the Donkey. (more…)

Monsieur Ventoux: The legend of Eros Poli

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

He was never supposed to win. Especially not on the Tour de France’s most venerated mountain. Sure, he was prized as Mario Cipollini’s sprint lead-out man, but as a climber? Forget it. He weighed more without a bike than most of his competitors did with one, and towered above them all at 1.94 metres tall. He’d had a stellar amateur career, but turned pro late, aged 28. He was an excellent domestique, but not a doyen. No, Mont Ventoux wasn’t meant for him. (more…)