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Puglia

$8,450

Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is an enchanting region full of medieval hilltop villages and charming little towns, with a landscape that is dominated by picturesque vistas of vineyards and olive groves, rolling over unspoiled countryside, and of course, mile and mile of pristine coastline along the beautifully blue Adriatic Sea.

It has long been a favorite destination for Italians seeking sand and sunshine, not least because the country’s culinary cognoscenti rank it as one of the best places to eat in the Bel Paese – a statement that no one can make lightly. Local produce is the star of Puglian cuisine, and from the seasfood to the freshly picked greens, you won’t find better ingredients anywhere. And as for the wine, whether it’s Salice Salentino, Negroamaro, Primitivo, or the Bombino Nero, there’s a world of interesting flavors waiting to be discovered.

The riding will be as vibrant and as varied as the region’s terrain, and whether we’re cruising along the shore or climbing deep into the mountains of the Gargano National Park, there will not be a dull moment in this unforgettable week.

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

*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:

Bari, Italy

Finish Location:

Matera, Italy

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

451km

Total Elevation:

4,100m

Longest Day:

Day 4. Matera. 100km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 4. Matera. 1,200m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Torre di Cintola

We'll begin with some gentle rolling through the olive groves that characterize so much of this wonderful landscape. This is the best time to make sure everything on your bike is perfect, and if you'd like something changed, have a chat with your mechanic before the real fun begins.
2

Alberobello

This area is called the Valle d'Itria, but it's also known widely as the Valley of the Trulli, after the iconic stone dwellings that dot the landscape. The route takes us along a plateau around 400 meters about sea level, and should offer up some stunning views before we reach Alberobello, one of the most stunning towns in Italy.
3

La Citta Bianca: Ostuni

More climbing to begin with today, working our way up through the vineyards and olive groves until we're on top of the Puglian plateau, where the terrain will be undulating. The finish line is another gorgeous town, Ostuni, known as the White City. Cycling history buffs might remember it as the scene of Freddy Maertens' first world championship victory back in 1976.
4

Matera

We'll be climbing right from the start today as we work our way into the Natural park Terra Delle Gravine forest and towards the town of Matera, the world’s third-oldest most continuously inhabited city, and the first UNESCO site in Southern Italy (pipping even Pompeii).
5

Parco dei Monaci e della Murgia

In this loop that we'll take us to Laterza and back, we will climb to Gravina di Ginosa. In the Puglia plains known as the "murgia" Ginosa sits on a rocky ledge with ravines cutting through the landscape.
6

Lago San Giuliano Gravina di Puglia

On our last ride day, pace yourself in the first half because there'll be plenty of climbing in the second half. We first go downhill and flat towards the lake of San Giuliano, an artificial reservoir obtained through the barrage of the river Bradano. Then we climb towards the town of Gravina in Puglia, before heading back to Matera.
7

Homeward Bound

All good things must come to an end, but hopefully you'll be going home with plenty of fond memories from this Puglian adventure.

YOUR Guide

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.

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 303 S Carbon Tubeless

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 1030