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Paso Robles

$4,950
Lead Guide:

Eros Poli

When we think of early season miles, we think of Paso Robles. It has been a favorite of the inGamba family for many years, not just for its diverse terrain and predictably amazing weather, but also for its proximity to our home in San Francisco. It has the best roads in the state, with incredible scenery and very little traffic. There are hilly routes to the west and rolling terrain through farmlands to the east, and despite being so close to the bay area, it remains the hidden gem of Californian cycling. It’s an intoxicating blend of river valleys and undulating farmland, modern vineyards and old, charming homesteads set amongst undulating hills.

We’ll once again be taking over the Hotel Cheval, which TripAdvisor just named the #1 small hotel in the country. Making sure you’re fueled for the ride, renowned chef Laurent Grangien will be on board, combining his flare for French cuisine with the very best local, seasonal ingredients. And to cap it all off, Paso Robles was named Region of the Year in 2013 by Wine Enthusiast, so you know the Beve will be just as good as the Mangia and Bici!

Included With Trip:

  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Custom Castelli × inGamba cycling kit
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Lodging is not included in this trip. We have reserved rooms at Hotel Cheval for your convenience.
**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:
Paso Robles, CA
FINISH LOCATION:
Paso Robles, CA
TOTAL ELEVATION:
3,665m
TOTAL DISTANCE:

302km

DAYS RIDING:

4

GROUP SIZE:

8-14

LONGEST DAY:

Day 2 – 100km
Pozo Canyon

BIGGEST CLIMBING DAY:

Day 4 – 1,246m
Old Creek Road

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DAY BY DAY BREAKDOWN

1

Paso

Tuesday | 40km & 380m

On our first day together in Paso starts out to the east. We begin climbing out of town and within 10 minutes, the traffic dies away and we start to see a few of the 200 wineries of this region. These roads sweep back and forth and roll along. It is the perfect introduction to the area, which should give you plenty of time to shake out those legs and make sure your bike is perfect.
2

POZO CANYON

Wednesday | 100km & 1,055m
This route takes to the twisting and turning roads through the canyons South of Paso Robles. We will put in some serious miles, but this ride reminds us so much of our most beloved European roads the miles will pass quickly. Pozo Canyon is typically brown and dry 10 months of the year, but while we are there the hillsides will have turned green and the wildflowers should be in full bloom.
3

CHIMNEY ROCK

Thursday | 74km & 984m
It’s time to climb, but not before we warm up with a trip West to Adelaida. The Adelaida District, which is the most northwestern of the 11 Paso Robles districts, is well defined by its mountainous topography. Expect curvy roads that reveal oak trees and white chalky rock, and vineyards.
4

OLD CREEK ROAD

Friday | 88km & 1,246m
This route brings us to picturesque Morro Bay, the scenic way. We’ll head south to Atascadero and then descend through the open, rolling countryside to the coast. Turning north, we’ll skirt the shore for a few kilometers before tackling the day’s biggest climb: An 11.5km ascent that begins outside of Cayucos and takes up up past Whale Rock reservoir at an average grade of 4.5%. There is a dip in the middle though, so it’s tougher than that average suggests!

DEPARTURE

Saturday
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.

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

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