Journal

The Joy of QOM

April 6th, 2015

It’s my favorite time of year again; time to prepare for the annual inGamba Tours women’s trip. This exclusive inGamba event has become the thing I look forward to each winter—the thing in my mind motivating me as I climb through the damp landscape of Oregon, the thing I daydream about while hand-cranking homemade pasta in the kitchen. Read More

Donkey Week, stage two

April 6th, 2015 - Colin O'Brien

Stage Two of inGamba’s Donkey Week rolled out of the enchanting town of Alcobaça and starting climbing almost straight away towards the holy city of Fatima and then on through the interior’s rolling landscape to Serta and a former Franciscan convent turned boutique hotel. Read More

Donkey Week, stage one

April 5th, 2015 - Colin O'Brien

The inGamba season opener is officially underway. The first 24 hours in Portugal involved new and old friends, 160km on the bike with 2400m of climbing, a 15th century palace-turned-hotel, a 12th century monastery, midnight mass, a lot of sangria, some unsuccessful attempts to leave the wine alone and go to bed early – and one successful marriage proposal. It seems inGamba does romance just as well as we do riding. Read More


Chianti, home of good food, wine and strade bianche

March 12th, 2014

We are happy that Irish writer Colin O’Brien has a strong liver and survived Donkey Week last year. Thanks for coming and playing in the inGamba sandbox Colly and a great piece in Rouleur with some Jered Gruber Photos: Read More

MICHAEL CHIARELLO’S BOTTEGA GRAN FONDO

January 31st, 2014

I love this photo. It’s everything great cycling is about [after the ride]. You’ve got chef in an amazing place sharing an epic tale, surrounded by beautiful food, wine and laughter. Chef is Michael Chiarello. Just named Esquire Magazine’s Chef of the Year he’s been a household name to food lovers for a long time. He also happens to be a hell of a bike rider and a personal friend of inGamba. Read More


Out Of Shape And Overweight – Comeback time

January 28th, 2014

The story has been recited enough that it is now well known to many. Before making my comeback to professional cycling, I was out of shape and overweight. One day at a Granfondo in Italy, legendary framebuilder Fausto Pinarello noticed my pedaling technique and asked if I’d ever raced. I said yes and Fausto replied, simply, that I should start riding seriously again. Read More

I woke up early on the 12th of June

January 18th, 2014 - Thor Hushovd

Considered by many to be one of the great riders of his generation, former world champion Thor Hushovd is embarking on his 16th season as a professional cyclist where he has amassed 41 victories including ten stages in the Tour de France and the Green Jersey. Here he recalls a stage in the 2010 Tour de Suisse with then teammate on the Cervelo Test Team Joao Correia. Read More