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Rick Zabel: “There’s no place like Mallorca”

January 13th, 2020 - Colin O'Brien

Rick Zabel is the third generation of a proud racing dynasty, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Detlef Zabel and his dad, Erik, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest sprinters of all time. It can’t have been easy stepping out of the shadow of a man who won Milano-Sanremo four times and the points classification in the Tour de France over six consecutive years, but over the past few seasons Rick has established a reputation both as a valuable leadout man and as a sprinter in his own right, memorably beating a talented pack that included Mark Cavendish in stage two of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire. But when he’s not competing on the World Tour, he spends a lot of his time in Mallorca, where his family have had a home since he was a kid. We caught up with him to get his take on inGamba’s newest destination and to find out more about this special Mediterranean island. 

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Ride for fun: How to win the joy QOM

January 4th, 2020 - Heidi Swift

01. Start the morning with high fives or hugs. Ideally both. But in case you’re not a hugger, know that you can still take the jersey with high fives alone. Five points for each.

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The best of both worlds: Why the Douro Valley’s vineyards can be about so much more than just port

December 19th, 2019 - Dirk Niepoort

Until recently, legal restrictions, a monopoly in the market, and fixed tastes abroad all conspired to keep winemakers in Portugal’s Douro Valley focused on making their famous fortified port wines. But things are changing, and Dirk Niepoort is leading the charge

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Riding in Alentejo – discover the real Portugal

October 31st, 2019 - Colin O'Brien

Alentejo is a world apart. It covers a third of Portugal’s landmass, but is home to just five percent of its population. Mention its name to most people and it will conjure up images of gently rolling countryside and panoramic horizons, but the border with Spain is characterized by distinctive granite hills and its long, mostly uninhabited coastline boasts some of the most stunning stretches of pristine beaches in Europe, complete with around 275 days of sunshine annually.

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#BestWeekEver: Heidi Swift’s adventures in Portugal

October 22nd, 2019 - Heidi Swift

Trish saw them first. We were ascending a gradual climb on a ridge that overlooked a sweeping valley below. Far in the distance, the Douro River carved a sinewy arc of blue into the landscape. The hillside to our right cascaded ever downward, etched with the parallel brown and green lines of the region’s famous terraced vineyards. There were farmers off in the distance somewhere between where the vineyards ended and where the Douro rolled through.

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Matthew Accarrino: tips for success from one of America’s most celebrated young chefs

October 2nd, 2019 - Staff Writer

I wanted to be a pro cyclist when I was a kid. My interest in food came from there, from an athlete’s perspective, cooking food as part of that diet. Then I was playing frisbee one day in high school and when I jumped up to catch it I landed funny on my right leg and broke it. That was pretty unexpected. It was because of a bone tumor that had been there since birth, which I had no idea about. I was laid up for a long time, I had a bunch of metal put in, I still have a big scar from the knee up to my hip, and I couldn’t walk properly for a couple of years. It was hard, but I had to give up on the dream of racing bikes for a living. In retrospect, that’s probably a good thing, because I don’t think many of them are making real money doing it. 

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The Coast Ride: What the riders think of our annual California randonnée

September 30th, 2019 - Colin O'Brien

San Francisco to LA. A total distance of 792 kilometers with 8,685 meters of climbing, over five days, in January. Sounds like fun, right? The Coast Ride is a familiar fixture on the cycling calendar if you’re from California, but we like to do things a little differently. For starters, we have a full European crew of mechanics, soigneurs and guides with some tricked-out support cars and a team bus. Of course, we also bring a fleet of wicked-fast Pinarellos. Then we add a sprinkling of ex-pro riders for support, and finish it off by inviting a Michelin-starred chef along for the ride. We can’t promise good weather, but plenty of smiles and breathtaking views are guaranteed. And for 2020, we can also assure you that a couple of very special guests will be joining us: Laurens ten Dam, veteran of the World Tour and top-10 finisher at both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España will be riding alongside our old friend Ted King, former pro turned gravel guru. You can read more about the 2020 trip here, but trust us, it’s going to be a blast. Don’t take our word for it though. Here are some first-hand opinions from riders, right after the finish-line.

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