In case you missed it, we’re on a mission here at inGamba HQ. The lovable Jim Merithew suffered some health woes this spring and now needs to be whipped back into shape. At the same time, I’m queued up to share some of my experience as a World Tour professional to help Jim and you all become better, fitter, more focused cyclists. You can catch up on our earlier instalments here and here, or dive right in with one of the most important training tools out there.
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We’ve all had those moments, mid-ride, when we annoyed at our bike or our kit not working quite right and think: “there has to be a better way.” Most of us never get past the complaining phase of that thought process, but Stan Day isn’t like most people. Frustrated at having to reach for downtube shifters, he did something about it and with a group of friends and family, he set about revolutionizing the bicycle industry. The Grip Shift was born in 1987 and 29 years later, SRAM is still at the cutting edge of cycling technology.
We’re a forward-thinking bunch at inGamba. And while we’d never just jump on a bandwagon for the sake of it, we like to embrace the new whenever we can. Sometimes, that means taking the sommelier’s advice and trying a new wine from little-known producer, and sometimes it means equipping our fleet of Pinarello Dogma F8s with red-hot new tech.
We’re all about the little details at inGamba. We like to think our attention to detail is one of the things that sets us apart from the competition. But we’re not against a big gesture, either. And they don’t get much bigger than Big Mig, Miguelón, Miguel Indurain. For the second year running, the most successful ever Tour de France champion will be joining us at our base in the Dolomites, Hotel La Perla, for five days of fun on some of Europe’s most incredible roads.
When we say inGamba is all about the pro experience, we mean it. And it’s not just about riding Tour de France winning Pinarellos, the latest wireless groupsets from SRAM or the incredible custom kit that Giordana make for us, either. Those details are important – life is too short for anything but the best, if you ask us – but what really makes a trip with us unique is the people. From our founder João to our soigneurs and mechanics, there’s a serious amount of professional peloton experience in our crew.
Anyone who’s ever taken a sport seriously will know that coaching makes you a better athlete. But very few of us have one. When faced with another expense to add to the litany of other bike-related outlays, newcomers to cycling might be tempted to ask “Why?”, when the question they should probably be pondering is “Why not?”
The Costa Family Foundation was set up in 2007 by the owners of Hotel La Perla, inGamba’s home away from home in the heart of the Italian Dolomites. And as anyone who has stayed there will know, the Costas have a unique outlook on life, in which generosity plays a huge role.