SARDINIA

EPIC SARDINIA

Epic Sardinia was designed with no regard to commercial aspects. The only focus was on putting together only the nicest, wildest most special roads: those we love most. The result was... Epic. And despite not commercially oriented, Epic Sardinia has become a commercial success too.

A SIX-STAGE TOUR ON THE WILDEST AND UNSPOILED MOUNTAINS OF CENTRAL SARDINIA

 

Epic Sardinia consists of six stages with elevation profiles and routes that highlight all of the capabilities and abilities of a dedicated cyclist. Make no mistake. It’s designed to maximize cycling enthusiasts’ expectations of what top-of-the-line cycling is all about. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Epic Sardinia was designed with no regard to commercial aspects. The only focus was on putting together only the nicest, wildest most special roads: those we love most. The result was... Epic. And despite not commercially oriented, Epic Sardinia has become a commercial success too. Epic Sardinia takes place in an incredible natural setting featuring long stretches, tough climbs, short and quick ascents, flat roads and false flats as well as long winding descents. The 2021 edition starts in Cagliari and finishes at the beautiful beach at Santa Maria Navarrese. At its end you’ll have ridden along the world famous Sardinian western coast and up and down in the glorious Gennargentu, the highest mountain range on Sardinia. Epic Sardinia is a fully assisted stage tour: our support vehicles escort all of the stages, with drinks, bars and gels and, of course, water. Mechanical assistance and spare wheels are guaranteed from the very first to the last kilometer of each stage. The only difference from a Pro-Tour race is that Epic Sardinia is not a race. There are coffee and food planned stops and there's always the possibility of jumping in the van to shorten a ride, if needed. And as a little extra, a photographer follows the group taking shots of the cyclists and of the memorable views that’ll prove you accomplished the tour. Ride at the pace that best suits you! Epic Sardinia is a challenging event, but it's not a race. Some ride quicker than others, some slower. Guides will be a constant reference for each small group: none is left alone. But we pride to get the group always safely at the day’s destination together. Is there a group especially for women? No, but women represent about half of the riders. Female guides follow the groups as well. Our focus, however, is to have all of the riders finishing the main climbs and the stages together regardless of the group they’re in. That's what we call the comradery that contributes to the magic of cycling! And that's why the Epic is so – Epic.

639 km
8 days / 6 rides
11,278 m
Challenge
The Epic Series
The Journey Begins Here

TOUR STOPS AND TOPS

  • A quiet road with
    a great surface

  • Proof that
    pro's did that climb

  • Talana climb
    a HC climb nearby

Things You Don't Want to Miss

Ride Highlights:
Route SS125

On our last day, and on the last descent, we stop right in the middle to enjoy a stop in Orgosolo and grab a cappuccino among the world famous mural paintings that are visited by thousand visitors every year. The last climb of the day is not too far: it's the famous SS125. Our climb begins out Dorgali and in about 20km will take us atop Genna Silana Pass, stage KOM is the 2017 Giro d'Italia.

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.

Tour highlights

TRIP details

  • 24 Sept 2021

  • Price from €1479,00 // Guided tour
  • Price from €1227,00 // Supported tour
  • Price from €999,00 // Self-guided tour
  • Chia, Sardinia, Italy
  • Santa Maria Navarrese, Sardinia, Italy
  • 4 nights at 3-star | 2 nights in an Agriturismo | 1 night at 4-star. All dinners; all breakfasts; quick lunch during stages: water, hydrolytes, fruit, pies, sandwiches.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY
Arrival at Cagliari airport and transfer to Chia. Accommodation and dinner at three-star hotel and welcome dinner.
DAY 2: RIDE CHIA TO PORTIXEDDU
123.1km | 1,547m | 1,541m | 5h

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.

DAY 3: RIDE PORTIXEDDU TO ORROLI
109.1km | 1,952m | 1,462m | 5h

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.

DAY 4: RIDE ORROLI TO VILLANOVA STRISAILI
87.1km | 1,996m | 1,639m | 5h
This third stage survives the big changes introduced in the newest Epic Sardinia – there’s no point in throwing out a winner! From Orroli we ride towards and across the wildest Sardinian region, called Barbagia. We leave the small town and ride towards the north and after a spectacular and winding descent we get to the lowest point of the ride: the Lower Flufendosa lake. We'll climb for a while with the view of the lake on our right side and after a flat section, we face the second proper climb of the day: seven kilometre, but with easy gradient. Left and we catch a real gem among the Sardinian roads: the old SS389 that cuts the eastern portion of the Gennargentu mountain range. It's a very wild segment, there aren't many roads like that in Europe and every time we can ride on that, we feel the privilege of being cyclist as we take all the right time to enjoy all the beauty and freedom that our sport can grant. All the nice thing come to an end. The end of this road is close to the hotel: a very quiet and comfortable accommodation inside a park. A swim in the nice pool among the lush vegetation, a few beers with the friends we've shared this adventure with: in other words the well deserved relax before a nice dinner.
DAY 5: RIDE VILLANOVA STRISAILI TO FONNI
92.9km | 2,139m | 1,892m | 5h
After years running a biking tour operation we've ridden here and there on the island but when it comes to tell which is the nicest Sardinian climb, the answer is always the Talana climb. And there it is! To enjoy every single hairpin we need to go all the way down, nearly at sea level. In fact the ascent, that tops at 1100m of Monte Genziana, stats very low, at about 15m ASL. From there it's about 17km up, while the proper segment start - when the climb appears like a wall in front of us, it's 'only 12km', with average gradient being 6.9%: a piece of cake, and the only 'Hors Catégorie' climb in the island, for those who are more into the pro cycling stats. We never suggest pushing too much on that, as the stage doesn't end on its top. We'll have another - long - climb up the Correboi pass: 10km at 3.6% grade, practically a leg loosener compared to Talana. The top of Correboi pass - 1246m - is really spectacular as it's like a terrace with a view on the east and another to the west. It's also close to destination: a lovely agriturismo on the mountains outside the town of Fonni. Quality (and quantity) food and great comfort are granted.
DAY 6: RIDE FONNI LOOP
99.8km | 1,987m | 1,990m | 5h
We'll see how the Gennargentu can be sweet, offering low inclines for most of the ride. But we'll also see that it can be bloody hard if you don't respect the last climb to the Bruncu Spina col, to conquer the highest top on the island. We start from the Agriturismo at Fonni at 1100 m above sea level for an anticlockwise loop. After a very long way down, the first climbs are not particularly long or steep. The longest climb of the whole tour begins right before Tonara and continues all the way up to the crossroad at Tascusì pass (1250m). This is a second category climb and is nearly 23 km long, with an average incline of 3%. We never use to ride it in one breathe: we always plan a stop in the middle, at Tonara, to enjoy a coffee and some blocks of the world famous Torrone of which this town is proudly a renowned maker. Letf Tonara with the pockets full of Torrone, we're ready to complete the climb up to the pass. From there, some more kilometre up and down, then the last challenge: the final climb up to the 1560m of Monte Bruncu Spina, where the ski facilities are located. No time (nor weather) for skiing: we ride back us back home. After a glorious ride, we’ll spend another night at the same Agriturismo outside Fonni, and we’ll enjoy another superlative Sardinian dinner.
DAY 7: RIDE FONNI TO SANTA MARIA NAVARRESE
119.1km | 1,626m | 2,750m | 5,30h
Back to the Sea could be the title of the sixth stage. For those who think that this will be easy, well, it’s not. During this stage we’ll experience some of the most fascinating and known hills. Left Fonni we ride downwards towards the eastern coast. In the middle of the descent we take a chance to enjoy a stop in Orgosolo and grab a cappuccino among the world famous mural paintings that are visited by thousand visitors every year. The last climb of the tour is not far. It begins out Dorgali and in about 20km will take us atop Genna Silana Pass, stage KOM is the 2017 Giro d'Italia. 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. Left aside any velleity, we keep our pace and even light-heartedly enjoy a food stop right in front of the Gorropu gorge, the deepest canyon in Europe. We wouldn't like either the stage or the whole trip come to an end, but after another fun and long descent we get to destination: the lovely resort of Santa Maria Navarrese. We’ll overnight at a three-star hotel near the beach.
DAY 8: FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE DAY.
Transfer to Cagliari airport and end of services.
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Tips & Resources

Travel arrangements

Best airport to land is Cagliari (CAG): from there we arrange the group transfer. Other options are possible and we can help selecting the best one.

Food & Drinks during stages

During the rides we plan at least one longer food stops in the middle of the stage plus one or more coffee stops. In the assistence van we use to bring along bars, gels and water.

Necessary Gear

Our guests are getting a pre tour info kit that gives useful suggestions on all the the arrangements to enjoy our trips in full. Here a quick selection that might be useful at this stage.
  • We suggest renting a Canyon bike with us. But feel free to take your own bike. Just consider bringing along a selection of model specific spare parts. 

  • The hotels have in some occasion a bike room, bikes are anyway always stored in a safe way. We have a mobile workshop with tools and spare parts.

  • Bring along a wide selection of clothes, including some full arm jackets, rain coat, leg and arm warmers: there are a lot of mountains where the weather is never completely predictable.

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