Secret Sardinia

$7,950

Sardinia is a land of contrasts. The coastline is full of calm, cerulean-blue bays and spotless beaches, while the interior boasts a rugged, unforgiving beauty. Its historical towns and cities are steeped in history and have played a huge part in mediterranean culture, but riding in the countryside offers a rare kind of peace and seclusion. Known in Italy as a summertime playground of the rich and famous, it is also synonymous with shepherds and a bygone agrarian lifestyle.

In short, it’s the kind of place you need to experience for yourself, because everyone will take home something different. It might have the population of a medium-sized city, but when it comes to art, history, and cuisine, it packs the kind of punch that would knock out most large countries. And, of course, the landscape is stunning. This point-to-point adventure will explore the best that this incredible island has to offer, and introduce you to a completely different side to Italy. There will be beaches, mountains, delicious food, incredible hotels, quaint old villages and medieval towns – and mile after mile of unforgettable riding.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

 

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

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

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Alghero

Finish Location:

Alghero

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

429km

Total Elevation:

5,153m

Longest Day:

Day 3. Santa Teresa di Gallura. 110km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 4. Pevero – Castelsardo. 1,502m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

CAPO CACCIA

The Capo Caccia test ride is a perfect introduction to riding in Sardinia. At just over 30 kilometers, it’s just long enough to let you limber up after traveling, without being too challenging. The route is an out-and-back that takes us around the bay from Porto Conte to a famous stalactite cave known as Neptune’s Grotto, which is only accessible by a dramatic stairway of 654 steps that were cut into the cliff in the 1950s.
2

ARGENTIERA

It’s time to explore some of the countryside around Sassari with a 98-kilometer loop that is both tough and beautiful in equal measure. Before heading home, we’ll stray off course slightly to visit the ancient mining town of Argentiera, which is protected by UNESCO and located in a wonderful valley right on the Mediterranean coast.
3

BOSA

Starting inland in the hilltop town of Villanova Monteleone, this ride is just shy of 97 kilometers with plenty of climbing thrown in for good measure. There are a couple of medium climbs in the middle of the course, but as we’ll be rolling along the rugged coastline, expect it to be undulating throughout.
4

EL FARO – CASTELSARDO

This point-to-point ride brings us northeast up the coast to Castelsardo, which dates back to the Bronze Age. The highest point of the ride is just 140 meters above sea level, but the route is anything but flat, with the lumpiest part of the ride coming 25km in, as we cut inland towards the Gulf of Asinara.
5

Isola Rossa

The ride will take us to Isola Rossa, a seaside resort that gets its name from the red colour of a small island opposite the village. Originally a fishing village with his characteristic pink granite rock, white beaches, and dense Mediterranean vegetation, it is not to be missed. Before that though, we’ll start out heading inland, where the roads are perfect and almost always deserted. These roads will take us towards a series of gentle but fun climbs, the biggest of which gains almost 450 meters, before we descend to the coast and beautiful Isola Rossa.
6

MARINA DI SORSO

This ride takes us along the coastline to the famous Marina di Sorso, which is one of northern Sardinia’s most popular tourist destinations, thanks to the area’s incredible views out over the Gulf of Asinara and the fine white sands of Platamona beach. For the most part, our route is an out-and-back along the shore, with plenty of views out over those wonderful azure waters, but with 7km to go we’ll turn inland for a moment to tackle one little climb before arriving back to base.
7

Departure

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. 

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F12 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820