Secret Sardinia with inGamba

$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 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:

Alghero

Finish Location:

Alghero

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

442km

Total Elevation:

5,057m

Longest Day:

Day 3. Stintino – La Pelosa. 111km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 4. Pevero – Isola Rossa. 1,535m

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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

Stintino – La Pelosa

It’s time to explore the northern peninsula of Stintino, which is home to several famous beaches, including the beautiful La Pelosa. The first part of the ride will be inland, but once we're on Stintino, the Mediterranean will be in full view. The terrain is undulating all day, but with just over 800m of elevation gain spread out over 111km, there are no big climbs to worry about.
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

Coghinas

The main climb comes right from the start, but there’s still almost 80km to go once you get to the summit so you might want to hold something back for later. This route rolls through several quaint little towns as it explores the Sardinian interior, heading east as far as the Coghinas river before turning back towards the sea and Castelsardo. Any climbers in the group should save an effort for the sharp ramp to the town of Littigheddu after about 70km.
6

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.
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.

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.

Bruno Pires

The Mountain Goat

Bruno is inGamba’s pocket rocket for the mountains, having lost none of his snap since retiring from the World Tour. A former Portuguese national champ, he has raced Grand Tours and monuments alongside the likes of Alberto Contador, so there is no better wheel to have when the pace heats up or the road gets steep.

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