I find myself filling out forms in regards to taxes, insurance, credit card, or anything medical and know that when I list Professional Cyclist in the box seeking my job title, it elicits a raised eyebrow or two. I’ve been in this game long enough to recognize that being a professional cyclist is a bit of a foreign concept to a significant slice of the population.
Here’s something that we can all understand: riding bikes is good. Now raise that to an even greater power — that is, mix in the very best time of year, add a healthy dose of exquisite food, naturally toss in (more than just) a generous pour of big California wine, and top it off with some awesome people and exemplary terrain — and what you have now is truly great.
Welcome to the Ted King California Weekender.
I’ve had the privilege of riding my bike in some of the world’s most spectacular places. Northern California, though, and especially the corridor from Mill Valley along Highway 1 as you soar over the Pacific, snaking inland on spectacular roads towards Sonoma, then rounding the bend and cruising south into Napa Valley, Holy Moly that is something more than special.
I therefore teamed up with my best friend, mentor, all around incredible guy — oh, and should I mention cycling guide — Joao Correia to bring inGamba Tours into the fray. I’ve been lucky enough to have imbibed on my fair share of fun tagging along on inGamba’s tours throughout Europe and quickly see that these “tours” are more than just you, your buddies, your bike, and a map as unfortunately so many other “tours” are operate. You’re immediately family with Joao. There’s an intimate and immediate relationship bonded that you won’t find anywhere else.
These are obviously open and public roads. If you want to go get lost riding NorCal roads, I trust you’ll have a good time. If, however, you want to ride some of the best roads you’ll ever pedal, eat some of the most divine foods you’ll ever encounter, stay in incredible hotels, and be indulge in hospitality like you’ve never soaked in before, …ah, and come ride bikes with me, then join us on the California Weekender. You will be blown away. Want to pick my brain about what life’s like as a professional cyclist? Come on out and ask away — I can answer those questions too.
To inquire email nate@inGamba.pro
November 1-5, 2013