Tuscany: Donkey Week

$5,950

No one does Tuscany better than inGamba. This is our spiritual home, where it all began, and still one of our favorite places in the world. Riding in Chianti is characterized by sweeping panoramas, winding ribbons of perfect tarmac, challenging climbs and thrilling descents. You can spend hours here without coming across other road users, and when you do, the locals are always friendly.

From the medieval cobbled streets of Siena to the narrowest country lane, we know every inch of the place like the back of our hands and we promise that if you join us there, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure.

Our Donkey Week trips are for riders seeking a challenge! They involve more mileage and more climbing than other packages. 

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom 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:

Florence

Finish Location:

Florence

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

427km

Total Elevation:

7,895m

Longest Day:

Day 3. Monte Sante Marie. 116km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Monte Sante Marie. 2,015m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Montelucco

This ride brings us along ridge-tops, through small villages where people sit outside to talk to one another, and wave as you go by, and around the stout olive trees that blanket these fertile hillsides. This ride has one long, staircase climb up to Montelucco that should shake out any cobwebs built up during your flight.
2

Volpaia

This route is typical of Tuscany. It might not seem like challenging terrain for the climbers because the highest point of the ride is just over 750 meters, but we’ll be going up and down all day and there are some very testing gradients peppered along the course, from start to finish. It also brings us through the kind of verdant countryside and past several little towns and villages that are quintessentially Tuscan. In short, you’re in for a treat.
3

Monte Sante Marie

This route will test both your bike-handling skills and your climbing legs, as we tackle some of the best bits of the famous Strade Bianche race, including almost 35km of gravel roads. There are no long climbs in Tuscany to rival those up north, but the terrain here is always undulating and you'll find plenty of steep pitches that can reach double figures in gradient and last for a couple of kilometers. It's not all hard work though: We'll roll through some spectacular towns and the whole course runs through breathtaking scenery.
4

Castellina

We will ride north from Castellina to the Val d’Elsa and some sinuous descents and after rolling through the industrial town of Poggibonsi ascend a good climb up to Castellina. We will finish with the classic roads of the Castellina route into Ponte a Bozone and through Pianella up the valley to the Lecchi climb.
5

Crete Senesi, the remix

Unlike the usual green of Tuscany’s farms and woodlands, the Crete Senesi area is striking because of its grey, almost lunar landscape that is famous for the production of white truffles. We love it for its incredible roads. This ride is a variant on an inGamba classic, taking us south as far as Asciano, where the rolling clay-colored landscape will stretch out towards the horizon in every direction. Expect some stunning views.
6

Badia a Coltibuono

This loop takes us down the hill from Lecchi toward the town of Gaiole where the famous l’Eroica race begins each year. From there, it’s a gentle 7km climb to Badia a Coltibuono, an abbey founded in 1051 by the patron saint San Giovanni Gualberto. After Coltibuono, there’s a nice descent into Radda before turning home toward Lecchi.

YOUR Guide

Giorgio Valvassori

The Storyteller

You may hear the sweet, sweet notes wafting towards your window at Borgolecchi, as our resident aristocrat practices his new found love of the clarinet. We’re never quite sure if all of his stories are based on reality, but they are without a doubt highly entertaining. Probably the greatest tale Giorgio is prone to tell you is that he’s not really a cyclist. This yarn is not to be believed.

BIKE OPTIONS

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

PINARELLO NYTRO

FRAMESET:

Nytro E-Road Bike (available for an additional fee)

COCKPIT:

Zipp Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM Force

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp

Tires:

Vittoria

BOTTLE CAGE:

Elite

BIDON:

Elite

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820