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The inGamba Coast Ride 2021


We always look forward to the Coast Ride as the symbolic start to our cycling season. It 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.

For 2021, our Coast Ride is now totally exclusive to inGamba, meaning it will just be us on the road with the full support of our mechanics and soigneurs. We’ve adjusted the routes for maximum fun, and picked a later date in the calendar to help with the weather. It promises to be an unforgettable adventure along California’s wonderful coastline, and to make things extra-special at dinner time, we’ve secured the services of our friend Matthew Accarrino, whose restaurant has earned eight consecutive Michelin stars. If you’re searching for something to kickstart your 2021 riding season, look no further.

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:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One custom Castelli × inGamba cycling kit
  • 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:

Sausalito, CA

Finish Location:

Santa Barbara, CA

Days Riding:


Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:


Total Elevation:


Longest Day:

Day 4. Cambria – Santa Ynes. 173km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Carmel – Cambria. 2,321m


Day by Day Breakdown


Half Moon Bay

We're off! It's time to say goodbye to Marin and head south, over the Golden Gate Bridge and along Ocean Beach as we skirt San Francisco on our way to Half Moon Bay. Once we get past the city, there will be plenty of spectacular Pacific Ocean views waiting for us – but it's just a small taste of what's to come for the rest of the week.

Half Moon Bay – Carmel

Leaving Half Moon Bay behind us, continuing south to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a beautiful part of the state that has long attracted artists and creatives looking for a little slice of unspoiled California to call their own. The road today is rarely more than a stone's throw from the ocean so it will be scenic from start to finish, and while there are no big climbs to deal with, it's never flat so be sure to gauge your efforts and finish strong.

Carmel – Cambria

Today takes us down the Pacific Highway 1 through Big Sur, 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.

Cambria – Santa Ynes

After hugging the coastline for the opening 30 kilometers, we'll start to head inland in the direction of Santa Maria in northern Santa Barbara County. From there, it's all sleepy backroads and vineyards as we roll through wine country on our way to Santa Ynes. The final third of this ride involves a substantial climb, so keep that in mind if you're planning an attack!

Santa Ynes – Santa Barbara

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. Our final ride is one of the shortest of the week, but that just gives us more time to take it easy and relish in our accomplishment. Importantly, it will also leave more time post-ride for the final celebration dinner!

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.

João 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.




Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk


ZIPP Service Course SL




Speedplay (or your own)


Selle Italia


Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers


Vittoria Corsa CX


Elite Custom Race


Elite Corsa Team


Garmin Edge 820