Avid cyclists with wanderlust and discerning palates will appreciate InGamba’s world-class cycling vacations. Bruce Hotaling has embarked on these memorable journeys with Joao Correia and company with rides along some of the most beautiful scenic roads through Italy’s Chianti wine country. Every aspect of your experience is anticipated – from the clothing and equipment you’ll need, to accommodations and a coffee break along the route. When they say they’re passionate about riding, food, wine and culture they do not say so lightly.
In addition to your guides, your group is accompanied by a full-time mechanic and a mythical soigneuer who make your rides, and recoveries, worry-free. Racing quality bicycles are provided for your journey, as well as InGamba’s famous rain bag with a full outfit including jersey, shorts and accessories, as well as your souvenir cap and tee.
Food and drink are as integral to the enjoyment of the trips as is the riding. You’re not just eating at a tourist restaurant – you are savoring the culture and cuisine of a region prepared by the best chefs and restaurants that cannot be found in a guidebook. In addition you will enjoy unique cultural activities and an insider’s knowledge of the places you visit. You’ll immerse yourself in a world most visitors never even know exists.
InGamba trips are led by former procyclist Joao Correia, who also taps his connections and invites fellow pros along for the ride. You’ll meet current and professional cyclists, not just for a handshake or autograph, but for a draft, some encouragement, and maybe even a little torture followed by the best dessert of your life. Some of our pro guests have included Ted King (Cannondale), Laurens Ten Dam (Blanco), Stefan Denifl (iAM) and Sergio Paulinho (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff).
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Chip Homeier, the owner of High Road Cycles, is an old friend who happened to grow up just up the street from our Wayne office. Owning a bicycle shop in Wayne was one of his lifelong dreams. He has successfully directed High Road to the center of the local cycling community with continued efforts to make the store a true meet up, and to staff his store with knowledgeable, caring and engaged cyclists.
Chip founded High Road to Hope, a foundation oriented around childhood obesity and nutrition. He is also a good friend of Gearing-Up, another bicycle based organization dear to Bruce’s heart.
High Road caters to cyclists of all ability. This is important, as often a bicycle shop can be somewhat intimidating. Group rides leave the shop several times a week, for both advanced and novice riders. High Road Cycles in Wayne is the shop of choice on the Main Line for excellent service, quality bicycles and an anchor to the cycling community, whether you’re an accomplished rider or somewhat new to cycling and looking for some helpful tips. Bruce relies on the knowledgeable staff to help him with his cycling needs.
The crew at High Road Cycles can manage all your cycling necessities from repairs to technical issues relating to your equipment.
High Road Cycles, 165 W Lancaster Avenue Wayne, PA 19087 610-687-1110
In case you missed it (ICYMI), May is National Bike Month. The idea is to showcase cycling of many forms in varying communities around the country, with the goal of inspiring even more people to get pedaling.
Manayunk just staged the second edition of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, one of the more prestigious professional cycling races held in the U.S. Kiel Reijnen and Evelyn Stevens won the men’s and women’s races respectively, both for the second year in a row. Anyone that spent that Sunday afternoon on the Manayunk Wall will tell you, it was exciting.
Cycling and commerce have deeply shared roots. For example, Italian cycling legends Fausto Coppi and Felice Gimondi both began their cycling careers by delivering meat, and mail, on their bicycles.
Closer to home, Wash Cycle Laundry (washcyclelaundry.com), started by Gabriel Mandujano in Philadlepha, picks up and delivers laundry by bicycle. Gabe has recently expanded to Washington DC.
Philadelphia-based nonprofit Gearing Up (gearing-up.org), founded by Kristin Gavin works with women transitioning from rehab or incarceration. The philosophy of the organization is to stimulate improved self-esteem, encourage a sense of release and offer positive new direction via the cycling experience and the human connections formed through that shared experience.
According to the Inquirer, Philly bike-share will launch in the Spring of 2015, elevating Philadelphia’s reputation among the country’s more cycling friendly cities.
A recent study of cycling trends shows strong ridership growth in key cities (think Portland, OR) where bicycle infrastructure has been installed. For the period 2001 to 2009, ridership has grown most among males ages 25 to 64, while popularity has actually fallen in children. (“Bicycling renaissance in North America? An update and re-appraisal of cycling trends and policies,” John Pucher, Ralph Buehler and Mark Seinen.)
This trend might be addressed through programs such as Philly’s Neighborhood Bike Works Earn-A-Bike program. This inspiring program allows children to learn bike repair and maintenance, and much more, while earning their very own bike. (neighborhoodbikeworks.org)
Pedaling a bicycle is many things to many people. At once healthy, environmentally friendly and economically sensible, it’s more than that. So, in case you missed it, why not dust off your bicycle, pull it out of the garage and pump those tires, to head out for a ride?