The Coast Ride

$3,650

The Coast Ride has become the unofficial start to the Bay Area bicycle year. In the 1990’s a group of friends thought it would be a good idea to ride from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. And they were right.

This is not to be confused with a normal inGamba trip. The Coast Ride runs rain or shine and from our experience, it’s usually the former. We will support the ride, but with two hundred riders on the road, over a 100 miles-a-day and plenty of vertical on offer, this trip is a tad challenging and not for the faint of heart.

With Highway One reopened, Day 2 returns to the classic route. And unlike last year, we are going to add a day and ride on into Malibu. And as if you needed another reason to join the inGamba crew on The Coast Ride, Matt Accarrino, seven time Michelin Star Chef, will be joining us to turn some pedals and whip up some delicious meals.

The key to navigating The Coast Ride is simple: head south, keep the water on your right, and keep pedaling.

Included With Trip:

  • Entry into the “Coast Ride”
  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • All transportation to SFO or OAK at the end of the trip
  • Pinarello bike rental with SRAM components and daily bike wash
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

San Francisco, CA

Finish Location:

Malibu, CA

Days Riding:

4

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

792km

Total Elevation:

8,685m

Longest Day:

Day 2. San Francisco – Monterey. 216km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Monterey – Morrow Bay. 2,602m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Marin Test Ride

Welcome to California! Plan to arrive in the Bay Area early on Friday Morning. Our first day of riding will be a shake-out ride to make sure your bike fits and to check the legs before the big day tomorrow. We will have lunch at CIBO, our go-to lunch spot during the work week. (and for Joao, sometimes on the weekends, too). In the afternoon we will strike out on a little adventure, exploring some of the secret coves of the headlands. Dinner will be with Chef Matt Accarrino at his restaurant SPQR.
2

San Francisco – Monterey

And we're off. We will start early and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun rises to touch Alcatraz Island. We gather with a group of 200 of your new best friends and the weekends riding partners. The pace out of San Francisco is brisk and the peloton naturally breaks into smaller groups. Day One is an amazing ride as it leaves San Francisco headed for Santa Cruz and Moss Landing and finally ending in Monterey. The mileage total tops out at 125 miles, likely your biggest day of 2017 so far. Just remember to save a little energy for tomorrow.
3

Monterey – Morrow Bay (the reopened road edition)

Our ride on Sunday takes us down the Pacific Highway 1 through Big Sur. It is the most remote section of the Pacific Coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The small road twists & turns, and ascends & descends like a ribbon on a rollercoaster. Although the riding is difficult, it is also incredibly rewarding. Our favorite part is the strong tailwind after lunch, which whips you along at 25 mph, when your dead legs are more appreciative than you can imagine. We will spend the evening in the surf town of Morro Bay, where there is a great spot to soak your legs in the calm, cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.
4

Morro Bay – Santa Barbara

Today we leave the official "Coast Ride" route and head inland. The weather is sure to be warmer and the route vastly more scenic. Eros Poli designed today's route possibly as homage to his victory at Mont Ventoux. The ride starts along the "flats" and leads us to an epic climb over Gibraltar and then down into Santa Barbara. It is assuredly going to be an epic day on the bike.
5

Santa Barbara – Malibu

Santa Barbara has been described as the "American Riviera" and for good reason, as it situated on a south facing coast of the Pacific Ocean right underneath the glorious Santa Ynez Mountains. This morning we roll out of Santa Barbara headed south. We will spend a good portion of the day pedaling along the undulating Highway 1, eventually rolling past Pt. Mugu, and on into our final destination, Malibu. We will shower, have a bite to eat and say our goodbyes. Unless, of course, you haven't had enough of us, then we will spend another night together in Venice, telling tall tales and enjoying a final meal.

YOUR Guides

André Cardoso

The Zealous One

When he was but a wee-tot André fell in love with the majesty of cycling. The racers used to come to his hometown once a year and he would set his alarm clock to wake him in the wee-hours of the morning, so he could run to town and take in all the majesty of the days races. It wasn’t too much longer he started bugging his father for a bicycle of his own. His father thought it was a fad, his father told him he loved everything and his father thought this love affair would pass like so many young men's dreams. But his father finally caved to young André’s drive to ride the bike and bought him a bright and shiny race machine from the local shop. André went on to finish on the podium in his local race, then pile up a huge list of professional palameres and, luckily for us, his love of bicycling has never faltered.

Eros Poli

The Champion

The night before Eros Poli took victory atop Mont Ventoux he couldn’t sleep. It was not like he was dreaming of victory or even had the slightest idea the next day's stage would change his life forever. It was just that it was hot. Unbearably, unsleepably hot in his less-than stellar French hotel. His roommate had taken his mattress off the bed and was sleeping on the small balcony outside their room. And the man who would shortly become known as Monsieur Ventoux was watching football, Italy vs. Brazil in the World Cup final, to be exact. Italy lost. The following morning as Eros dragged his weary, tired legs out of bed and down the stairs, as there was no lift, James Brown came into his head. “I feel good, I knew that I would now,” started to repeat over and over in his head. As it would the rest of the day. He felt good and the rest, as they say, is history.

Manuel Cardoso

The Quiet Crusher

Manuel Cardoso is no longer sitting on the front of the pack, pulling everyone along at what some would describe as a “brisk” pace and what others are unable to describe at all, because they're too busy gasping for breath and holding onto the wheel in front of them for dear life. Manuel is now sitting just slightly off the back of the pack. As I look back, I realize he has that look on his face. The look which struck fear in the hearts of the Pro Peleton for many years. The look which is part grin, part mischievous child and all business. He is about to start some shenanigans. Sure enough, just a few kilometers later and Manuel has picked one lucky contestant out of the pack and they are sitting-in, waiting, like predators, for the perfect moment. For Manuel, just like when he raced pro, this is when the road turns slightly up, a spot in the road where it gets tough for everyone. And he accelerates with his breakaway “partner” in tow. It is something to see. He ramps it up to a speed with which no one can latch onto the back and with such precision you have to question whether or not you actually want to try and close the gap he has created. And you can’t see it, but you just know, he is grinning from ear-to-ear.

Joao Correia

The Boss

João Correia is Portuguese. He spent his formative years in New York. And he lives in California. He is not defined by any of this, but this diversity informs all he does. He loves his refurbished ‘69 VW camper. He lives to make a deal. And his favorite lunch is a giant pot filled with chicken cooked in its own blood. The one defining factor in João’s life is the importance of family. He’s fiercely loyal and you can take his word straight to the bank. It’s his bond. Which explains why you will see very little turnover within the staff at inGamba. We’re family, and like a family we look to the head of our table for inspiration, encouragement and direction. He carries this burden as the don with passion and pride.

Raul Matias

The Clown

The bride and groom are the perfect picture postcard. He, in his black tux and tails. Her, in her stunning white bridal dress. Lake Garda is the perfect backdrop for this momentous of occasions. The father of the bride steps in to get his picture taken with his breathtaking daughter. The father of the bride is dressed in full inGamba team kit? Wait? That is not the father of the bride, that is the one and only Raul Mathias, class clown. Raul is everywhere. He is up in the morning making sure the bicycles and riders are all ready for the miles ahead. He is watching the back of the train, sprinting to the front, checking in with the team car and entertaining the troops during the coffee stops. He is rubbing the lactic acid out of the sore muscles, washing water bottles and making handmade treats for the next days ride. Raul is ever present and we don’t know what we would do without him.

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820