The Coast Ride with Laurens ten Dam and Ted King

$3,650

We always look forward to the Coast Ride as the symbolic start to our cycling season. But this January, we will be eagerly awaiting more than just the end of winter because we have two very special guests joining us in California. Laurens ten Dam, a top-10 finisher at both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, and Ted King, a 10-year veteran of the professional peloton who now spends his days crushing races like Dirty Kanza, have both signed up to join us on the road from San Francisco to LA.

The Coast Ride has become an early-season ritual for many cyclists in the Bay Area, and it is a little different to a normal inGamba trip. It is a point-to-point journey, so we ride rain or shine. Of course, we will have full support from our team car and our experienced mechanics. And Matthew Accarrino, whose restaurant has earned eight consecutive Michelin stars, will riding with us and cooking up some delicious meals. But with hundreds or riders cover over a 100 miles-a-day with plenty of vertical, this randonnée isn’t for the faint of heart. That said, if you like adventure and a good time, it will be just the thing you need to kick off 2020 the right way.

Read what some former guests had to say about the Coast Ride over on our blog,  where you can find star chef Matthew Accarrino’s musings on success, cycling, and staying inspired. 

 

Included With Trip:

  • Entry into the “Coast Ride”
  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • All transportation to SFO or OAK at the end of the trip
  • 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:

San Francisco, CA

Finish Location:

Venice, CA

Days Riding:

4

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

795km

Total Elevation:

8,018m

Longest Day:

Day 2. San Francisco – Monterey. 216km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 4. Morro Bay – Santa Barbara. 2,464m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Marin Test Ride

Welcome to California! Plan to arrive in the Bay Area early on Friday Morning. Our first day of riding will be a shake-out ride to make sure your bike fits and to check the legs before the big day tomorrow. Our shakout ride leave at 3pm and we will strike out on a little adventure, exploring some of the secret coves of the headlands. Dinner will be with Chef Matt Accarrino at his restaurant SPQR.
2

San Francisco – Monterey

And we're off. We will start early and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun rises to touch Alcatraz Island. We gather with a group of 300 of your new best friends and the weekends riding partners. The pace out of San Francisco is brisk and the peloton naturally breaks into smaller groups. Day One is an amazing ride as it leaves San Francisco headed for Santa Cruz and Moss Landing and finally ending in Monterey. The mileage total tops out at 125 miles, likely your biggest day of 2020, so far. Just remember to save a little energy for tomorrow.
3

Monterey – Morrow Bay

Our ride on Sunday takes us down the Pacific Highway 1 through Big Sur. It is the most remote section of the Pacific Coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The small road twists & turns, and ascends & descends like a ribbon on a rollercoaster. Although the riding is difficult, it is also incredibly rewarding. Our favorite part is the strong tailwind after lunch, which whips you along at 25 mph, when your dead legs are more appreciative than you can imagine. We will spend the evening in the surf town of Morro Bay, where there is a great spot to soak your legs in the calm, cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.
4

Morro Bay – Santa Barbara

Today we leave the official "Coast Ride" route and head inland. The weather is sure to be warmer and the route vastly more scenic. Eros Poli designed today's route possibly as homage to his victory at Mont Ventoux. The ride starts along the "flats" and leads us to an epic climb over Gibraltar and then down into Santa Barbara. It is assuredly going to be an epic day on the bike. We will end the ride with a cup of our favorite coffee, Handlebar Coffee.
5

Santa Barbara – Venice

Santa Barbara has been described as the "American Riviera" and for good reason, as it situated on a south facing coast of the Pacific Ocean right underneath the glorious Santa Ynez Mountains. This morning we roll out of Santa Barbara headed south. We will spend a good portion of the day pedaling along the undulating Highway 1, eventually rolling past Pt. Mugu, and on into our final destination, Venice. We will shower, have a bite to eat and then say our goodbyes at one of the bosses favorite restaurants, Gjusta. No better way to end an epic trip then with an inGamba style wrap party.

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.

Joao Correia

The Boss

João Correia is Portuguese. He spent his formative years in New York. And he lives in California. He is not defined by any of this, but this diversity informs all he does. He loves his refurbished ‘69 VW camper. He lives to make a deal. And his favorite lunch is a giant pot filled with chicken cooked in its own blood. The one defining factor in João’s life is the importance of family. He’s fiercely loyal and you can take his word straight to the bank. It’s his bond. Which explains why you will see very little turnover within the staff at inGamba. We’re family, and like a family we look to the head of our table for inspiration, encouragement and direction. He carries this burden as the don with passion and pride.

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