THE MENTION IS NOT CASUAL: HAVING 150 PRO RIDERS RIDDEN THAT CLIMB, FURTHERMORE ON A DAY WITH SUPER STRONG TAILWIND, MAKES ANY ATTEMPT TO BREAK A RECORD - FOR THE PLEASURE OF YOUR STRAVA FOLLOWERS - A MASSIVE NON SENSE.
24 Sept 2021
Big news! The start of the Epic Sardinia is in Chia, one of the most beautiful seaside locations in the southwest of the island. The south of Sardinia doesn’t feature high mountains or great mountain ranges, but that doesn't mean that cycling is easy or without long climbs.
Experienced cyclists know that multiple medium or short hills can be much more painful that a couple of long climbs. Well, on this stage we have everything, so we can compare. After a flat and false flat start, we have have an up and down section along the amazing south west coast road.
The stage is split into two parts, each one featuring a special coastline segment: you'll understand why many think they're some of the best coastla roads in the world. The first, but also the only long climb, is the one that starts right after Nebida. It's a famous stretch, that many can't ride without some stops. Not just because is too steep, rather because the views are too nice!
We wouldn't rate this stage as tough. The climbs can be long, but the incline is always pretty slight. But as pro riders say, “it's not the course that makes for a hard ride, it's the riders.” So keep calm, Epic Sardinia is only at the beginning! Overnight in a hotel in Portixeddu, with an amazing traditional dinner.
From west coast to central Sardinia, precisely to Orroli. Views, landscape, kind of cycling, everything changes slowly but decidedly the more we ride away from the coastline. But the way we leave the coastline is unforgettable: a long and winding climb where corners seem to be there just to make us enjoy the sea from above. From there we start a long stretch across grain fields of the flats in the central western Sardinia before the second part of the stage, that proposes rolling hills and short climbs up to the old village of Orroli. Accommodation and dinner are in an Albergo diffuso. The location is very typical and the meals are some of the best traditional food you can get on Sardinia.