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The roads are succulent and bountiful, and the food and wine leave you breathless. The Pinarello bikes are to the highest standard of the purest gourmand. The personalities are rich and bold, yet full of subtle surprises. All is to be savored—and devoured.

Bill StricklandBicycling Magazine
20 May 2024
26 May 2024

Grand Tour Collection – Italy

$8,950
Lead Guide:

Eros Poli

We’re going to celebrate the 2024 Italian Grand Tour in style, and we invite you to join the fun! Eros Poli will be your guide to the Corsa Rosa, arguably the season’s most difficult, and most beautiful, grand tour.

With a palmarès that includes an Olympic gold medal and a legendary stage of the ’94 Tour de France, Eros is the perfect guide for this race, and he will not only share his vast knowledge of the pro peloton, but also show you some of the most amazing rides that Italy has to offer.

On this trip you’ll get to sample the best of it while also getting close to the action thanks to our friends in high places. We will plan to see the race on at least one stage and possibly more. As we’ve seen with previous editions of the race, the weather sometimes doesn’t play ball so we will make changes to our plans if needed.

There’ll also be plenty of Mangia, Beve and Bici along the way as you test yourself on some of Italy’s great climbs before heading to see the final dramatic stage.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • Custom Castelli × inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing
  • The Financial Times took this trip with us in 2017. Read all about it here

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

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

MEET THE GUIDES

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.

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Paulo Crispim

Paulo began mountain biking at the early age of 16, and soon his love for bicycles, road cycling, and mechanics were there. Almost a decade later, he decided to take the risk and become a bicycle mechanic, but he never stopped participating in granfondos and amateur races. He joined inGamba as a mechanic in 2019 and now he is also one of our guides.

THE TRIP AT A GLANCE

START LOCATION:

Verona

FINISH LOCATION:

Venice

TOTAL ELEVATION:

10,057m

TOTAL DISTANCE:

429km

DAYS RIDING:

6

GROUP SIZE:

10-14

LONGEST DAY:

Selva di Valgardena – Monte Pana, 91km

BIGGEST CLIMBING DAY:

Passo Rolle – Passo Brocon, 2,600m

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DAY BY DAY BREAKDOWN

1

Cavalese

Monday | 47km & 900m

We’ll begin our Italian adventure with a gentle spin through the rolling countryside of Trentino’s region to blow off the cobwebs and get you settled on your new bike. Oh, and expect plenty of stunning views along the way!

2

Selva di Valgardena - Monte Pana

Tuesday | 91km & 2,307m

Today, we take on the mighty Passo Stella not once, but twice! Our journey begins in Moena, where we slowly make our way up the wide road, passing the first numbered hairpin bends, under the cable car and through the enchanting woods that surround the town. As we leave behind the junction to the Passo Pordoï, the vegetation thins out, and the road gets steeper. But that’s not all! The last few kilometers lead us above the tree line, where we’ll be surrounded by the imposing vertical rock walls of the Sella Massif. After enjoying the breathtaking scenery and thrilling ride down towards Selva di Valgardena, we’ll turn back and climb the Passo Sella again.

3

Passo Rolle - Passo Brocon

Wednesday | 82km & 2,600m

If you’re a passionate cyclist, then you’re probably already familiar with Passo Rolle, the legendary climb that has become a symbol of the Italian Grand Tour. This ride has a special place in the history of cycling, as it first introduced the Dolomites to the his race in 1937.  We’ll have to climb the Passo Brocon, so make sure to conserve your energy until the end.
4

Lago di Caldonazzo caffè ride

Thursday | 54km & 984m

We’ll take it easy and enjoy a leisurely caffè ride to help recover from the past few days and save our energy for the exciting adventures ahead. Our first stop is Centa San Nicolo, a charming town perched atop a small hill that offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding region. We’ll tackle a climb to get there, but trust us, it will be worth it! After that, it’s going to be a smooth ride with no major hills to worry about until we get back to our hotel in Levico.
5

Enego Foza Bassano

Friday | 91km & 1,404m

As we leave the charming town of Levico behind, we embark on a thrilling ride towards the Grappa region. Our journey takes us through some captivating towns, including Enego and Foza, with numerous switchbacks that make up the climb. And when you think it can’t get any better, the fun begins with Tornante 1 – the first of many hairpin turns. As we navigate through turn after turn, we can’t help but marvel at the stunning scenery across the ravine, where several small homes are perched precariously on unbelievable cliffs.

6

Monte Grappa

Saturday | 64km & 1,862m
We will finish our trip in real style, with a climb to Monte Grappa. This colossal climb has a rich history of epic battles on two different fronts – the bike and World War. Standing tall and somewhat isolated from the rest of the Italian Alps, Grappa is the Italian equivalent of France’s iconic Mont Ventoux. It boasts numerous ascents of varying difficulties, all leading to a final punishing push to the summit. With a massive elevation gain, it’s no wonder this is such a challenging climb. The ride up is a feast for the senses, with lush forests interspersed with stunning panoramic views. Once you reach the top, you’ll find a war memorial and museum. This is because Grappa was the site of a fierce battle during the First World War, and nearly 90,000 Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers lost their lives on the mountain over the course of three battles in late 1917 and 1918. So, not only is this climb an incredible physical challenge, but it also offers a glimpse into history that is both humbling and fascinating.
7

DEPARTURE

Sunday
This is our final morning together and after a leisurely breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least arrivederci, until we meet again. Transfers to the airport will be arranged by our hard-working crew but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with reservations or a few recommendations.

STAYING LONGER?

Adventure Continues…
Do you plan to come a few days early, or stay on after your inGamba adventure has ended? Our concierge can help you plan with a carefully curated selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, and guides. All of our recommendations have been hand-picked by a team of local experts, so you can spend more time enjoying all that this destination has to offer.

Seven of the last 11 Tours de France have been conquered on a DOGMA, and the latest generation is now ready to continue that legacy of success. Whatever the road throws at you, the DOGMA F is always the right bike.

WHEELSET:

Zipp 303 S Carbon Tubeless

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa N.Ext

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

PEDALS:

Speedplay

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

SADDLE:

Prologo

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 1030

COLOUR:

InGamba Red

The NYTRO GRAVEL has a pure road racer DNA which upon launch marked an era in the E-BIKE/GRAVEL world. Featuring an iconic design, the Nytro Gravel is perfect for anyone looking for a road bike with powerful support for the toughest climbs.

WHEELSET:

Zipp 303 S Carbon Tubeless

FRAMESET:

Nytro Gravel E-Bike
(available for an additional fee)

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa N.Ext

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

PEDALS:

Speedplay

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

SADDLE:

Prologo

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 1030

COLOUR:

Saturn Silver

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