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Tuscany: The 10th Anniversary special

$10,000

Back when he was still a professional cyclist, João Correia sat outside the cafe that now faces our pristine service course, dreaming of sharing this incredible place with like-minded travelers. He knew that Tuscany’s unique blend of cuisine, culture and beautiful landscapes would resonate with other cyclists, and so he decided to invite a few of them to join him. A tweet went out: “Thinking of doing a ride, eat, drink EOY bash here in chianti October 12-18th. Share my favorite things about this place. Who’s interested?”

What happened next is history. A week of the fine dining and riding hard in Tuscany with a few brave souls gave João’s dream the momentum it needed and it started to become the inGamba we know and love today. That’s why we’re so excited to celebrate it a decade on. This unique anniversary trip will combine old school routes and restaurants with all of the knowhow that we’ve gained over the last 10 years to create what promises to be the ultimate Mangia, Beve, Bici experience. Places are extremely limited, and trust us, you do not want to miss out.

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:

Florence

Finish Location:

Florence

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

385km

Total Elevation:

6,804m

Longest Day:

Day 5. Gargonza. 87km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 3. Dudda. 1,778m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Badia a Coltibuono

Your first ride on the Pinarello Dogma will take you down the hill from Lecchi toward the town of Gaiole where l’Eroica and the professional Strade Bianche race begins each year. Gaiole is also the start of a gentle 7km climb to the Badia a Coltibuono, an abbey founded in 1051 by the patron saint San Giovanni Gualberto. From Coltibuono you will enjoy a nice descent into Radda before turning home toward Lecchi. The short option, which includes a moderate climb to Radda, provides a small taste of what Chianti riding has to offer.
2

Panzano

After testing your Pinarello—and your legs— on some shorter, but challenging climbs, we’ll stop for coffee in the small town of Panzano. It’s the home of the famous butcher Dario Checchini who is also the godfather to Alessandro Stella’s (the philosopher shoemaker) son Tobias. If you’re in a hurry to see what Paolo has prepared for lunch, there is an optional ride that cuts out 19km and nearly 400 meters of vertical ascending from our regular loop.
3

Castellina

We change things this morning and start up the hill from Lecchi where we will climb toward the town of Radda before turning to Castellina. The earliest definition—in 1716—of the wine area of Chianti, Lega del Chianti, is the region we explore on today’s ride. This will be a day of truly incredible views from the bike, especially when we turn left in the small town of Colombaio. Once back on the main road toward Gaiole there is a longer option, which adds 20km and 400 vertical meters. But don’t worry, the crew at Borgolecchi will be ready to feed you whenever you arrive.
4

Castelnuovo Berardenga

Today is a bit of a rest day on the bike as the group heads out on João’s traditional coffee shop ride. Expect gentle rolling hills and plenty of time for on-the-bike conversation or some horsing around by Raul as we make our way to Castelnuovo Berardenga. The famous battle of Monteaperti was fought here in 1260, and today the town is alive with a street market. Don’t forget to stash your inGamba cap in your jersey pocket. It’s a fashion necessity for a proper espresso stop. (Plus, you will be spared one of João’s now-famous fines for unriderly conduct of 75 Swiss francs.)
5

Dudda

It’s time for you and your bike to explore the beauty and brutality of Chianti’s mountains. Although the region is built on hilly terrain (hence the moniker “hill town”), today’s ride will include more sustained climbing. Watch out for Raul as we ascend our second-highest point of the week. He’s been known to get a bit frisky on the rise to 770 meters. Following the climb from Dudda we will descend toward Radda, passing Albola for a fast, technical descent that will test even the most-experienced riders. The 70km option is the standard short ride from João’s training days. It skips the first and last climb of the day and is a gentler way back to Lecchi.
6

Crete Senesi

Riding the first five days has taken you through deep forest with incredible panoramic views of undulating terrain. Today’s ride will take you south toward the town of Montalcino where the rolling Tuscan clay-colored views of postcards will be in full effect. This is the Crete Senesi, a region known for its production of white truffles. We have prepared two ride options for those who want to save their energy for tomorrow’s challenge. The shorter ride stops at Rampolano Terme where you can enjoy the thermal baths for an hour or two before driving back to Lecchi.
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

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.

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.

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