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Paso Robles

$3,450

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.

For 2021, 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 F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • 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

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Paso Robles, CA

Finish Location:

Paso Robles, CA

Days Riding:

5

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

362km

Total Elevation:

3,904m

Longest Day:

Day 2. Pozo Canyon. 100km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Nacimiento. 1,167m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Estrella Road

There's no such thing as a flat ride on this trip, but this route is a gentle introduction to the area, which should give you plenty of time to shake out those legs and make sure your bike is perfect. If something isn't quite right, this is the day to dial it in with your mechanic. This afternoon loop heads east out of town and then turns north along the Estrella River. The route rolls through the undulating vineyards of northeast Paso before connecting with River Road and turning south back to Paso.
2

Pozo Canyon

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

Nacimiento

It's time to climb, but not before we warm up with a trip North along River Road. The climb starts up Indian Valley Road before the final kicker up Hare Canyon Road and the rip down the other side into the tiny town of Bradley. And then onto Nacimiento Lake Drive and out along Nacimiento Lake where our legs will be challenged with a series of kickers along what should be an amazing stretch of road as good as any Europe has to offer.
4

Cambria – Ragged Point

This beauty begins with a short transfer to Cambria, where we will begin our ride North to Ragged Point. We might have to fight a slight headwind going North, but the second half of the out and back should be all tailwind, giving us a little more time to enjoy the rugged coastline.
5

Adelaide & Peachy Canyon

On our final day together in Paso Robles is to the west of Paso Robles which is characterized by the wooded coastal mountains. We begin climbing out of Paso Robles and within 10 minutes any traffic dies away and the oak trees line the road sides. These roads sweep back and forth and roll along. It is the perfect final ride.

YOUR 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.

Manuel Cardoso

The Quiet Crusher

Manuel Cardoso is no longer sitting on the front of the pack, pulling everyone along at what some would describe as a “brisk” pace and what others are unable to describe at all, because they're too busy gasping for breath and holding onto the wheel in front of them for dear life. Manuel is now sitting just slightly off the back of the pack. As I look back, I realize he has that look on his face. The look which struck fear in the hearts of the Pro Peleton for many years. The look which is part grin, part mischievous child and all business. He is about to start some shenanigans. Sure enough, just a few kilometers later and Manuel has picked one lucky contestant out of the pack and they are sitting-in, waiting, like predators, for the perfect moment. For Manuel, just like when he raced pro, this is when the road turns slightly up, a spot in the road where it gets tough for everyone. And he accelerates with his breakaway “partner” in tow. It is something to see. He ramps it up to a speed with which no one can latch onto the back and with such precision you have to question whether or not you actually want to try and close the gap he has created. And you can’t see it, but you just know, he is grinning from ear-to-ear.

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