This is Donkey Week: inGamba, but not as most people ever get to know it. It’s Chianti cranked up to 11. More miles, more gravel, more wine, more trash talk. It’s probably not your average tourist’s idea of a cycling holiday. Donkeys need a strong liver, a thick skin and a good sense of humour.
The Italians like to say “Chi nasce asino non può morire cavallo.” And they’re right. If you’re born a donkey, you can’t die a horse. There’s no hiding what you are or trying to change into something else. Donkey Week is what it is. Hard, fast, full of laughter and late nights and wine and tomorrow’s memories. Maybe that’s not for everyone. But if you’re a donkey, you wouldn’t have Chianti any other way.
Rouleur Magazine’s Colin O’Brien wrote about this unique week a while back – check out his article here.