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.