What is a Donkey?

April 7th, 2015 - Colin O'Brien

You might be wondering what exactly this Donkey Week business is about. It’s inGamba, but cranked up to 11. More miles, more speed, more wine and a whole lot 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. And if you’ve taken it easy over the winter and you haven’t got the legs, you better hope you’ve got a strong arm, because you’ll need to hang onto the side of the car pretty tight if you want to be pulled up to the group. Read More

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


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