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Rocket Espresso’s Andrew Meo – powering the peloton one coffee at a time

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

If you follow any of the world’s best cyclists on Instagram, you’ll no doubt be very familiar with Rocket Espresso, because the glistening chrome of their exquisite espresso machines can regularly be seen popping up in the feeds of the peloton’s fastest stars. They can also be found adorning the counter-tops of classy coffee shops around the world, and in the homes of the most sophisticated caffeine aficionados.

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the race of the falling leaves

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Lombardy, the industrial engine of Italy and the beating heart of the country’s rich cycling culture. Home to hundreds of cycling clubs and tens of thousands of competitive cyclists, racing from one end of the year to the other, through the little towns and villages that have given the Italians many of their greatest heroes: from Alfredo Binda and Felice Gimondi to Roberto Visentini, Gianni Bugno, and Ivan Basso.

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The chain gang

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

I’m constantly seeing these photographs on the instagrams of people out with their large groups of beautiful friends riding their bikes. On a weekday, one like any other. These people are not on vacation, but they’re not unemployed, either. They somehow find time to do this, in the middle of their successful, joy-filled lives. And me? I’m stuck at my computer, dreaming about bicycles. Whenever I see a post like that, the same thoughts race through my mind every time: Who are these people? When do they do their laundry? Walk their dogs? And how in the world do they pay the bills and keep their spouses happy? (more…)

Travel+Leisure Magazine: “The Best Way to See Portugal”

Monday, July 31st, 2017

It was a brilliant blue afternoon, with cool ocean breezes from the west. Every cycling expedition begins with a “shakeout” day to see what’s working and what’s not — with the riders as much as the rides. Our pace was casual and chatty. We discussed a procession of gaily painted boats adorned with religious statuary. When a scooter whined past, one of the guides, a recently retired pro named Manuel Cardoso, jumped into its slipstream — “motor pacing,” as racers call it. We finished with a climb to our hotel, the Pousada Castelo Alcácer do Sal, located in a former convent in Alcácer do Sal, a town that was central to the salt trade during the Roman Empire.

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Midseason review: Redefining perfection with Pinarello’s Dogma F10

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Pinarello’s F8 was always going to leave behind some really big shoes to fill. It set the standard in the professional peloton for two seasons, winning 90 races with Team Sky – including two Tours de France. It was also the best selling bike in the Italian brand’s history. An alluring combination of looks, performance, and race pedigree, it became the dream bike for riders the world over. It was, in a word, awesome.

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Post ride recovery? Try Castello di Ama’s 2013 San Lorenzo

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

To lovers of fine wine, or anyone who’s been to inGamba’s casa dolce casa in Tuscany, Castello di Ama will be a familiar name. Nestled in the hills of Chianti not far from our base in Lecchi, the winery was founded in the 1970s by a group of families from Rome who, having fallen in love with the landscape and the crumbling stonework of the eponymous little hamlet, set about restoring a once property to its former glory, while at the same time transforming the way the world thought about the unloved local tipple. (more…)

Laurens Ten Dam – Training for the Tour de France with inGamba

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Laurens ten Dam and João Correia were friends long before inGamba. As professional bike racers, they met at the 2010 Tour de Suisse, but not like you’d expect, chatting at the start-line, or in a quiet moment, mid stage, while the peloton casually rolled en masse through the Swiss countryside. No, that would be too boring. The pair’s first encounter came when João went careering, at high speed, into the back of an ambulance, only to find the Dutchman already inside, on the stretcher, getting treatment. Never let it be said that the boss doesn’t know how to make an entrance.

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