Sunday September 7th – Sunday September 14th
João left Portugal when he was 11 years old (and skinny!) but he has always remained close to his homeland. On this week-long, point-to-point randonée you’ll get to know Portugal, city by city, from the sea to the mountain, and from the mountain to the valley, all from the vantage point of your saddle — and the dinner table, of course, because this is inGamba.
Starting in Lisbon, the oldest city in Western Europe, you’ll head north through the countryside toward Porto, find your way to the Douro Valley for some well-deserved wine-tasting, and then turn skyward into the mountains where the real riding begins. Covering 50-100 miles a day, the effort is enough to warrant an extravagant meal or twenty, so we’ll be sure you sample best fare that each region has to offer; seafood straight from the ocean, traditional soups and sausages, beautiful broa (a traditional Portuguese bread) and world-renowned specialties like leitão.
You’ll rest your head at night in properties that Joao has hand-selected for their comfort, history and unique hospitality. From modern design hotels to restored castles and monasteries, the selection of accommodations highlights the delicate marriage of old and new that makes this country so alluring, mysterious and beautiful.
By the time our trip ends, you’ll feel just as much at home in Portugal as João does — and if you do your part on the roads, despite the bounties of the festivities, you just might get to be as skinny as the kid once was.
Read about the Portugal Randonee
And if you happen to speak Portuguese (or enjoy the subtleties of Google translator)…
7 nights accommodation at stunning properties ranging from modern design hotels to centuries old monasteries and castles
Transfer to and from the airport
Personalized inGamba luggage tags will be sent to you prior to the trip for use while traveling
A 90-page trip guide book will provide detailed routes for every stage with elevation profiles, maps and information about the surrounding countryside and relevant towns and history (view last year’s Portugal Randonée book online)
All meals, drinks, coffee stops, and snacks — you won’t touch your wallet (also known as the all-you-can-drink wine feature)
Full InGamba Kit by Giordana Cycling Apparel: bibs, jersey, hat, gloves and socks
InGamba T-Shirt and Cap
Custom InGamba rain bag embroidered with your last name for storing jackets and accessories in the van during rides
Daily massage from a pro-tour soigneur
Use of a Pinarello Dogma2 with Sram Red Hydro and Zipp Wheels set up to your exact size requirements
Expert ride guides—a minimum of two for every stage—so you can enjoy your vacation at your own pace
Complete van support every mile of the way; stash gear, grab snacks, get adjustments from the mechanic
Pro-tour level mechanics will maintain, adjust and clean your Pinarello each night and have it lined up for you in the morning, complete with full bidons and a musette bag full of ride food
Homemade ride food prepared and cooked daily by a former Pro Tour soigneur
Luggage will be waiting in your hotel room when you finish the day’s stage, then picked up again the following morning for transport
Possible guest appearances by João’s family members (if you’ve never ridden with João’s pae, Manuel Corriea, you’re in for a treat)