Donkey Week, stage five

April 10th, 2015 - Colin O'Brien

Stage five was definitely not for the faint-hearted. It was an onerous 208 kilometres from Estremoz to Alvito, in the heart of Portugal’s rugged, sparsely populated and hauntingly beautiful interior. The elements were changeable, but the pace was as consistent as it was unforgiving. It was one of those days when you just have to knuckle down and hammer the pedals. It was the Day of the Donkey. Read More

Monsieur Ventoux: The legend of Eros Poli

April 8th, 2015

He was never supposed to win. Especially not on the Tour de France’s most venerated mountain. Sure, he was prized as Mario Cipollini’s sprint lead-out man, but as a climber? Forget it. He weighed more without a bike than most of his competitors did with one, and towered above them all at 1.94 metres tall. He’d had a stellar amateur career, but turned pro late, aged 28. He was an excellent domestique, but not a doyen. No, Mont Ventoux wasn’t meant for him. Read More

Donkey Week, stages three and four

April 8th, 2015 - Colin O'Brien

Stages three and four of inGamba’s Donkey Week were ostensibly the calm before the storm – stage five is a 208km monster – but ended up being two monumental, heroic and outrageously fun days in the saddle. Read More

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