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2015 Weekend Schedule of Events

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Sign-ups for the Chef Demos and Wine Tasting Sessions were sent to our registered cyclists via email. If you missed this, please contact Concierge@BottegaGranFondo.com.

Tickets are still available for these two ticketed events:

#1 Saddle-up in St. Helena with Bob Roll and Robin Farina – Friday 4/24

Clif Family Winery, Velo Vino, 709 Main Street, St. Helena

9:30am – 1:00pm  This is a great weekend 30-mile warm-up ride with Bob Roll & Robin Farina

Cost $95 (includes lunch, wine + gift bag), limited to 50 people. Fully supported ride benefiting Napa Bike.

(9:30 – cyclist check-in, 10:00am – ride departs, 12:30pm – estimated return) Sign up here: Registration link

#2  SPECIAL EVENT: 7-Eleven Team Round Table, NapaStyle Café – Saturday 4/25 at 4:00pm

 Featuring Davis Phinney, Andy Hampsten, Chris Carmichael, Doug Shapiro & Ron Kiefel with NBC Sports Commentator, Todd Gogulski as moderator. In attendance, author Geoff Drake.

 CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS  $75 tickets includes: wine, light appetizers and a copy of  the book Team 7-ELEVEN: How an Unsung Band of American Cyclists Took on the World—and Won

 Net proceeds benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation

The Ride


The Bottega Gran Fondo will boast the customary “mass start” – but what sets Chef’s ride apart (aside from some of the best roads in the world) is the team element. When registering, participants will have the choice to join a celebrity team of your choice – Chefs, Somms, Pro-Riders. This isn’t a race but a rally of like-minded riders. Choose the 75 or 40-mile course: both beautiful, challenging, and will know we shout – “we ride to eat!”

For 2015, we are promoting a 55 mile course – same roads – we are just offering more mileage for the 40 mile riders who are feeling strong, or taking away some pavement for the 75 milers who need to take it down a notch or two. The 55 mile course features our third (and new) Chef Stop at Trefethen Family Winery. We can guarantee that the setting, the food, and a few special treats will make this a “can’t miss” stop.  Any way you slice it,  the courses at the Bottega Gran Fondo are beautiful, challenging and worth every calorie. The 75 mile route is a tad more challenging but well worth the ride as the course heads across the valley floor to western portion of Napa Valley, up Mt. Veeder.

The ride begins through the streets of Yountville, curves along the most picturesque Yount Mill Road, until the right-turn onto route 29 north. (Single file please on highway 29). Three miles north, and the group turns right again onto Rutherford Cross road, past the wineries Round Pond, Honig, Frog’s Leap and other highly touted Napa Valley favorites, heading over to the famous Silverado Trail heading north to Howell Mountain; here is where we have our LEXUS KOM Challenge! 

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The Food


Chef Chiarello’s Southern Italian roots has served as his influence during his culinary career thus far. Get ready (and ride hard), as you will be served up the best homegrown, homemade pastas, pizzas and specialty platters your taste buds will ever encounter. (Seconds and thirds are welcome). Plus join the food bonanza with mouthwatering cooking demos during this rockstar weekend.

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It’s no secret: Napa Valley is the birthplace to the finest winemakers and wineries in America. We’re pretty proud of that fact and know you’ll be too after your first sip of our celebrity Somms selections at our demos, our dinner and our lunch. (After all, there is always time for wine). 95% of Napa Valley’s 400 wineries are family-owned and operated; the best part is that we have some of the families with us for you to meet.

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Spend Saturday April 25th in Yountville at our Mercato. The afternoon will be a blend of food – Chef Demos, wine – a tasting tent and a sampling of our key partners and sponsors. From olive oil, to chocolate, to the best of Chef Chiarello’s favorite cycling “supplies”, plan to have a few sips and some fun mingling with our fondo VIP guests and meeting some of your fellow cycling “teammates.”

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VIP dinner


Saturday evening is time to raise your glass, and acknowledge a few causes close to Chef Chiarello, and significant to the Napa Valley. It’s also a moment to mingle with the masters – gab with the celebrity guests – and feel good that your financial support this evening goes to three important non-profit organizations. The 2015 VIP dinner will take place at Reynolds Family Winery located on the Silverado Trail in Napa. We are honored to spend an evening with winemaker Steve Reynolds. 

Along with a four-course dinner, a bevy of the best wines in the world, and a dessert that will for sure get you both sugar and carbo loaded for the next day’s ride. After all, last year’s dessert was called “Dancing with the Stars” in honor of Christian Vande Velde. Ingredients you ask? Marscapone mousse with cocoa ladyfingers, Kahlua coffee syrup, rum and crunchy chocolate meringues. 

Evening beneficiaries: Clinic Ole | Napa Bike | Vine Trail

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LIVE FIRE Sunday Luncheon


A post ride lunch Chiarello style is not a push of the blender revving up a protein shake; in fact it’s entirely the opposite. Think fire – the original cooking method. A live fire transforms the meal into a gathering, whether you are cooking for two or two hundred. According to Chef, “Italians know this at a cellular level. Ask any Italian, any time of day, if he would rather cook and eat outdoors or inside and you’ll get a “whaddya kidding me?” kind of look. Outdoors!” The LIVE FIRE luncheon is about big long family style tables in which you sit, savor and sip – Italian style. Hours on the bike deserve hours at the table with family, friends – old and new.

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