Experience Domestique, Climbing with George Hincapie
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Climb with George Hincapie

The roads surrounding Hotel Domestique offer a world-class cycling experience. Winding through the picturesque climbs of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s no wonder George Hincapie selected the area for his training as a professional cyclist. Now Hotel Domestique guests can enjoy a unique tour of surrounding mountains with an XD cycling package, led by George himself. Groups are limited in size—up to 15 riders maximum—to ensure intimate, one-on-one style instruction. Like our other XD packages, XD Cycling delivers a comprehensive guest experience that includes the best dining, the finest accommodations, and an unparalleled mountain setting.

About George Hincapie

George Hincapie is one of the most recognized cyclists in the world, with numerous national championships and professional victories to his credit. Introduced to the sport at an early age by his Colombian-born father, George worked his way up through the ranks to compete at the top level of international bike racing. Over the course of his stellar professional career — that spans two decades — his list of accomplishments and victories is as long as it is impressive. "Big George," as the cycling media refers to him, was a key domestique for the sport's premier riders, and he has enjoyed individual glory as well. He has ridden on a number of celebrated racing teams—Motorola, US Postal, Discovery Channel, Team High Road, BMC Racing—successfully completing 17 Tours de France and five Olympic Games.

Ride Highlights:

Day One (Approximately Three Hours)

Day Two (Approximately Four Hours)

Day Three (Approximately Three Hours)

Day Four (One to Two Hours)

Package includes

  • Luxury accommodations at Hotel Domestique
  • Gourmet meals provided created by Chef Adam
  • Convenient airport pick up/ drop off
  • Elite level road bikes provided (if desired)
  • Trainer-lead stretching and corebuilding classes
  • Massages, access to recovery room
  • Massage therapy provided by 5-time Tour de France Soigneur, Jeremiah Ranegar
  • Organized bike rides lead by George Hincapie on scenic, challenging routes
  • Pro bike mechanic to take care of all guest needs, including daily maintenance, prep work and postride care/cleaning
  • Support vehicle for each ride, staffed by a pro bike mechanic
  • Spousal accommodations, with access to hotel facilities and an adapted version of core classes, massages
  • Nightly training group discussions with special guests: George Hincapie, Chef Adam and more
  • Hincapie Sportswear custom cycling apparel package provided including three full kits plus accessories
  • Fresh gourmet on bike nutrition prepared in house
  • Down time to explore and enjoy Hotel Domestique and grounds
  • Professional photographer, providing photographs of the experience for guests

Christian Vande Velde and Craig Lewis: August Camp Guest Hosts

Christian Vande Velde and Craig Lewis will be joining George Hincapie as hosts of the August Experience Domestique cycling camp. Christian is a Tour de France veteran and winner of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Craig raced throughout Europe and the United States, winning numerous criterium and road races, as well as the 2011 Giro de Italia Team Time Trial. George, Christian and Craig are longtime friends and raced with George as teammates during their careers. Ride alongside Christian, Craig and George on August 24th through 28th and listen to their stories of the Grand Tours as they lead you through the climbs of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.

Event Dates:
August 24th - 28th, 2014

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Experience Schedule

Day Activity Time
Sunday Meet and Greet Wine Tasting 5:00 PM
Private Dinner at Restaurant 17 8:00 PM
Monday Coffee 8:00 AM
Stretching and Yoga 8:30 AM
Breakfast 9:00 AM
Morning Ride (Approximately 3 hours)
Climbs: Green River Cove, Camp Old Indian
10:00 AM
Lunch 2:00 PM
Massage 4:00 PM
Private Dinner at Restaurant 17 7:00 PM
Fireside chat with George 9:00 PM
Tuesday Coffee 8:00 AM
Stretching and Yoga 8:30 AM
Breakfast 9:00 AM
Morning Ride (Approximately 4 hours)
Climbs: Skyuka Mountain and Howard Gap
10:00 AM
Lunch 2:00 PM
Massage 4:00 PM
Private Dinner at Restaurant 17 7:00 PM
Climbing Skills Discussion with Professional Cycling Coach 9:00 PM
Wednesday Coffee 8:00 AM
Stretching and Yoga 8:30 AM
Breakfast 9:00 AM
Morning Ride (Approximately 2 hours)
Climbs: Greenville Watershed
10:00 AM
Lunch 2:00 PM
Massage 4:00 PM
Private Dinner at Restaurant 17 7:00 PM
Fireside wine reception with George 9:00 PM
Thursday Breakfast 7:30 AM
Optional 1 to 2 hour spin 8:30 AM
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