La Pinarello Granfondo – Italy [Weekender]
Friday July 11th – Monday July 14th
The story is now well-known. Before João made his comeback to professional cycling with the Cervélo TestTeam, he was out of shape and overweight. One day at a Granfondo in Italy, Fausto Pinarello, the legendary framebuilder, noticed Joao’s still-smooth pedaling technique, and asked if he’d ever raced. João said yes. Fausto replied, simply, that his friend ought to really start riding again. And that is where the unlikely transformation from office worker to ProTour racer began.
Many parts of the inGamba story are anchored in this pivotal moment, so the trip to Treviso to ride in the namesake gran fondo can be considered kind of pilgrimage. You’ll climb storied mountains, enjoy meals you’ll find yourself talking about for years to come, and take in the splendor of the Dolomite region. But the real magic is in the relationships and history that underpin the journey; get an insider’s view into the Pinarello empire, meet and dine with João’s old friends, pedal alongside pros and former pros.
Our weekender takes in this magical region during four days of riding and satiating your senses with the sights and delights of Treviso, Tuscany and the most magnificent parts of the Veneto. The heart of the whole trip is La Pinarello Granfondo, a challenge taken by more than 3,000 cyclists from around the world. The adventurous ride over undulating terrain provides two route options: the 171 kilometer granfondo or the 117 kilometer mediofondo.
Both begin in Treviso’s evocative Piazza dei Signori, the heart of the city’s historical center, then explore the rest of the province by way of challenging climbs, sweeping vistas and charming villages. The most courageous riders split off in Follino, veering right to tackle the longer route which begins with a refreshing ascent of the Praderadego. This punishing 7k climb covers a stretch of road called Via Claudia Augusta Altinate, dating back to 15 BC and the narrow path to the summit is cut directly from the surrounding rock, topping out at 15-16%. From there, you’ll glide along the bank of the Piave River, before hitting the final climbs of the day—Monte Tomba and La Pressa XIII—where Italy’s famous double-digit grades will once again test your legs before a return to Treviso.
If you bring along friends or family who aren’t so ambitious (at least in the cycling aspect), they’ll enjoy their own epicurean challenge: The 25-mile La Gourmet version of the route is a food- and wine-centric experience that can be enjoyed by cyclists of any level.
Please email us to book or to receive a more detailed itinerary. As with all inGamba trips, you can expect to be cared for with the same personal attention reserved for world-class professional cyclists. For details about our bikes, soigneurs, mechanics and overall approach to creating the most carefully curated cycling experience available, please read about Our Mission.