• STAGE ONE

    STAGE ONE

    BYE BYE CAGLIARI!
    THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

    • STAGE ONE
    • STAGE TWO
    • STAGE THREE
    • STAGE FOUR
    • STAGE FIVE
  • STAGE TWO

    STAGE TWO

    EVER WONDERED
    HOW'S THE CYCLISTS' PARADISE?

    • STAGE ONE
    • STAGE TWO
    • STAGE THREE
    • STAGE FOUR
    • STAGE FIVE
  • STAGE THREE

    STAGE THREE

    ANYBODY FANCY SOME SWITCHBACK?

    • STAGE ONE
    • STAGE TWO
    • STAGE THREE
    • STAGE FOUR
    • STAGE FIVE
  • STAGE FOUR

    STAGE FOUR

    HEY LOOK, WE'RE HEADING OVER THERE!

    • STAGE ONE
    • STAGE TWO
    • STAGE THREE
    • STAGE FOUR
    • STAGE FIVE
  • STAGE FIVE

    STAGE FIVE

    LAST STAGE, LEGS LIKE STONE.
    BUT CLIMBING'S SWEET IN THIS SCENERY

    • STAGE ONE
    • STAGE TWO
    • STAGE THREE
    • STAGE FOUR
    • STAGE FIVE

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  • Big news! The start of the Epic Sardinia is in Cagliari, in front of the big beach there. And we ride our first kilometers on the new and beautiful cycle path that has turned Cagliari into a fitness park in the Mediterranean. 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.

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  • Orroli is a famous village and an ideal border between the south of Sardinia and the wild, central sub-region called Barbagia. Pass this border and everything changes dramatically.

    The Sardinian language is spoken and the cuisine is Orroli is an ideal border between the south of Sardinia and the wild, central sub-region called Barbagia.

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  • This third stage survives the big changes introduced in the newest Epic Sardinia – there’s no point in throwing out a winner! Again a wonderful loop that explores the mountains with some of the wildest landscape on the island.

    We'll see how the Gennargentu can be sweet, offering low inclines for most of the ride.

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  • At SardiniaCycling, when we organize our road cycling stage tours, we always include the less known roads, or put another way, the not to be missed roads, the real jewels.

    Less known only because they are too challenging for many of the cycling tour companies who aim to offer leisure cycling. We followed suit when we first started our business.

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  • Back to the Sea could be the title of the fifth 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 challenging hills. Right after Sadali we’ll have a really tough climb, split into two parts.

    The first five kilometers incline between 6 and 10%.

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Get ready for a challenge: the Epic Sardinia 2017?

We launched the idea of Epic Sardina in 2013 while riding with our friends James and Justin. We left Bari Sardo on our road bikes and climbed to Mount Bruncu Spina at 1561 meters above sea level and located in the middle of the famous Gennargentu mountain range. The result? A glorious day of cycling. A truly epic ride on perfect asphalt free of traffic. A view of a large part of Sardinia from its very top. A fantastic sense of adventure and discovery. 

Exhilarated by the experience, our thoughts turned to turning our adventure into an annual event to share with new riders from all over the world. Surely, we thought, they’ll enjoy the beauty of the Sardinian mountains, the wilderness and adventure of this unspoiled nature as much as we do. These were our feelings as we sipped a tasty glass of local wine at the end of the day.

In 2014 we got it started. We called it Epic Sardinia, a tour in three stages. From a modest start then, the number of participants has grown – many returning friends, others joining up for their first Epic. But we’re careful. We want the spirit and wonderful group dynamics of the tour to always remain the same.

It’s a challenging tour, made up of challenging rides

The 2017 tour consists of five 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 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 tour starts in Cagliari and finishes at the beautiful beach at Bari Sardo. At its end you’ll have ridden 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'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. But we see to it that the group always arrives safely at the day’s destination together. In some of the longest stages we offer the opportunity to take an alternative shorter ride with less total elevation gain. Before each stage begins, riders can decide to ride the full stage or the alternative route.

Is there a group especially for women?

Yes. This group rides all of the alternative routes at a slower pace, and on some occasions it starts earlier in the morning. 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. 

Extend the joy of riding!

For those cyclists who wish to extend their stay in Barisardo after the five-day challenge, the staff at SardiniaCycling offers additional guided tours in this magical countryside.

EPIC SARDINIA FULL STAGES OVERVIEW

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STAGE 1

STAGE 1

After a flat and false flat start, we have three main climbs, the first is a third category hill topping at Dolianova Springs, only 530 meters, not steep, but pretty long. The second main climb begins with a fairly steep section...

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STAGE 2

STAGE 2

Some little hills at the beginning, elevation between 300 and 800 meters, then two very long climbs. The first is a first category col that comes after the tiny village of Belvì, crosses Desulo and tops at Tascusì pass. The Second is the famous climb, second category col, to Mt. Bruncu Spina...

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STAGE 3

STAGE 3

Starting from our base outside the village of Fonni, 1200 mt A.S.L. we do a anticlockwise loop. The first climbs are not particularly long neither steep. The longest climb is right outside Tonara, crosses Desulo and go all the way up to the crossroad to Rifugio S'Arena. This is a first category climb...

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STAGE 4

STAGE 4

We'll find a long and pretty easy climb at the beginning of the stage: the Correboi pass, 14kms at 2%. A piece of cake! But the trend of the day will be going down. So after the first 25 kms going mostly down we enter this special, semi-abandoned road and we enjoy the magic...

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STAGE 5

STAGE 5

The first five kilometers are constantly ranging between 6 and 10%, the little town of Esterzili lays in the middle of the hill, leaving us breath a little, then up again on one of the toughest stretches of the whole event. Five kilometers above 13%, with peaks at 24%...

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  • STAGE 1

    STAGE 1

    After a flat and false flat start, we have three main climbs, the first is a third category hill topping at Dolianova Springs, only 530 meters, not steep, but pretty long. The second main climb begins with a fairly steep section...

    more

  • STAGE 2

    STAGE 2

    Some little hills at the beginning, elevation between 300 and 800 meters, then two very long climbs. The first is a first category col that comes after the tiny village of Belvì, crosses Desulo and tops at Tascusì pass. The Second is the famous climb, second category col, to Mt. Bruncu Spina...

    more

  • STAGE 3

    STAGE 3

    Starting from our base outside the village of Fonni, 1200 mt A.S.L. we do a anticlockwise loop. The first climbs are not particularly long neither steep. The longest climb is right outside Tonara, crosses Desulo and go all the way up to the crossroad to Rifugio S'Arena. This is a first category climb...

    more

  • STAGE 4

    STAGE 4

    We'll find a long and pretty easy climb at the beginning of the stage: the Correboi pass, 14kms at 2%. A piece of cake! But the trend of the day will be going down. So after the first 25 kms going mostly down we enter this special, semi-abandoned road and we enjoy the magic...

    more

  • STAGE 5

    STAGE 5

    The first five kilometers are constantly ranging between 6 and 10%, the little town of Esterzili lays in the middle of the hill, leaving us breath a little, then up again on one of the toughest stretches of the whole event. Five kilometers above 13%, with peaks at 24%...

    more