Tuscany Donkey Week

$6,950

No one does Tuscany better than inGamba. This is our spiritual home, where it all began, and still one of our favorite places in the world. It was there that our founder, João Correia, lived and trained while he was a pro and dreamed of being able to share the area’s cycling and culinary bounty with like-minded travelers.

Riding in Chianti is characterized by sweeping panoramas, winding ribbons of perfect tarmac, challenging climbs and thrilling descents. You can spend hours here without coming across other road users, and when you do, the locals are always friendly. In fact, it’s the people who give the place a lot of its charm, and over the course of your stay with us you’ll see why as you get to meet local artisans and culinary masters, all eager to give you a taste.

From the medieval cobbled streets of Siena to the narrowest country lane, we know every inch of the place like the back of our hands and we promise that if you join us there, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 bike rental with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit and one additional Giordana FRc Inline cycling kit
  • 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:

Florence

Finish Location:

Florence

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

693km

Total Elevation:

11,925m

Longest Day:

Day 3. Monte Amiata. 226km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Monte Amiata. 4,300m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Monti – Montelucco

Welcome to Tuscany Donkey Week! This is a trip that is like our normal training week, but doubled. We have seven new routes designed by none other than Jered Gruber. As the late afternoon light gives a glow to the hill-sides and the shadows lengthen we will roll along ridgetops, through small villages where people sit outside to talk to one another, and wave as you go by, and around the stout olive trees that blanket these fertile hillsides. This ride has one the long, staircase climb up Montelucco that should shake out any cobwebs built up during your flight.
2

Dudda North

For a new twist on our standard Dudda route we will reverse the course and send you straight up the Albola climb. Jered calls this ride “Dudda on Drugs”, but we couldn’t call it that without fearing repercussions from the UCI. At any rate, this ride has some steep monsters! After our normal coffee stop in Dudda we will continue north before returning to a route you may recognize as part of our old Cavriglia route. Before dinner we will go to Castello di Ama to view their new art installations before having dinner in their new Ristoro.
3

Monte Amiata

When you look south from the ridge tops around Lecchi you can usually see Montalcino, and sometimes in the distance you can see another, even larger peak. That is Monte Amiata, and it is a long way from Lecchi. Today we will tackle it. If it turns out to be too big a day we can cut it short and return to Lecchi after 155km. Although this is a ride where we have to keep moving all day, we have to stop to see the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, rumored to be founded by Charlemagne, and one of the most beautiful abbeys anywhere.
4

Castellina Northwest

About half of this route will be familiar to anyone who has been returning to Lecchi over the years. The middle half is new and was on the percorso for our Donkey Week two years ago for the last day. We will ride north from Castellina to the Val d’Elsa and some sinuous descents and after rolling through the industrial town of Poggibonsi ascend a good climb up to Castellina. We will finish with the classic roads of the Castellina route into Ponte a Bozone and through Pianella up the valley to the Lecchi climb.
5

Lamole

Our ride today is again a twist on an old favorite, Panzano. However, this route takes a different descent to the north, thanks to another suggestion from Mr. Gruber. Last year the Giro d’Italia’s individual TT ended in Greve in the piazza, in the rain, so we’ll stop to check it out and grab a quick coffee before hitting the dirt road through Lamole to Volpaia, which features on the 75km l’Eroica course. We know that no self-respecting strongman would ever choose that short option, so this is your chance to see one of the event’s most beautiful stretches without the shame of taking the easy way.
6

Valdarno

This is some seriously uncharted territory for inGamba. The valley to the east of Lecchi is the Valdarno and carries the River Arno through Florence and out to the Tirrenean Sea. Dante Aligheiri describes the Arno as ‘a beautiful gift from God’, and on the east side of this valley are some of the most beautiful roads in Tuscany. The name ‘Tuscany’ comes from the Latin word ‘Etrusci’, and was shorted to ‘Tusci’ to describe the people that first inhabited these hillsides.
7

Badia a Coltibuono

The Badia a Coltibuono ride always reminds us how lucky we are to be able to ride here. Named after an abbey founded in 1051 by the patron saint San Giovanni Gualberto, where our founder João married his wife Tiiu in 2004. After an enjoyable 7km climb to Badia a Coltibuono, there’s a rhythmic descent to Radda as a reward for your efforts. After a light lunch at Borgolecchi we will have a 90 minute transfer to Florence to end our trip.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp alloy 30

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820