A challenge for the weekend, the Nove Colli, is Italy's most popular granfondo, and it's not difficult to see why.
Started in 1970 by a group of friends, the race now attracts over 10,000 riders from all over Italy and beyond. Starting from Cesenatico, the route heads into the hills that mark the Marche / Emilia Romagna border. The hills come thick and fast and although the highest point - Monte Pugliano - at 791m is no alp, the constant undulations are sure to take their toll by the finish. With 200km to cover and total climbing of 3840m, the Nove Colli is a guaranteed tough workout. There's also a shorter option of 130km with 1871 total climbing for those looking or something slightly less taxing.The nine climbs you'll be tackling are:
- Pieve di Rivoschio
- Monte Tiffi
- Monte Pugliano
- Passo delle Siepi
- Three nights half board 4 star accommodation
- Airport transfers for you and your bike
- Daily supported rides with guide and following car
- Complimentary sports nutrition
- Mechanical support
- Race entry
- Expert advice and race strategy
- Exclusive race finish tent
What's Not Included?
- Travel insurance
- Drinks with evening meals
- Incidental expenses
- Tips / gratuities
- Additional one-to-one coaching sessions
- Sports massage
- Bike hire: £195
Please note tour deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore please ensure you have the appropriate travel insurance in place should you have to cancel at the last minute.
Friday 19 May – ARRIVAL DAY
Our guides will meet you at the arrival gates and transfer you by minibus to our hotel. Our mechanics will assemble your bikes before we head out for dinner and a introduction to the weekend ahead from the tour director.
Saturday 20 May – Day 1
We will enjoy a gentle spin along the back roads around Cesenatico. The aim is to spin the legs and loosen things up for the challenge tomorrow. Lunch will be had at a cafe back in Cesenatico; time to sample some local ‘piadine’. There will be time in the afternoon to visit the race village (although your numbers will be collected for you). The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax, hit the beach and make final preparations for tomorrow. Your bike will receive a final check over and your race number fitted. A briefing about the course and specific details of the event will be given just before tucking into a dinner to fuel you up for the big challenge.
Sunday 21 May – Day 2 – RACE DAY
The Big Day! The hotel will serve a breakfast suitable for the day’s activities with generous helpings of pasta. We will then ride to the race start and arrive with enough time to grab a pre-race espresso or two. Your guide will be on hand to pass on some last minute words of wisdom and escort you to the starting pen. After a tough (and hopefully enjoyable) race, we’ll be waiting for you in the post-race gazebo with some cold drinks and snacks. A perfect chance to recover and relive the experiences with fellow riders.
Then we’ll hit the pasta party for some serious refuelling and chance to check the results board. A refreshing shower and perhaps a power nap await you back at the hotel. Our celebratory meal will again be in the hotel before heading out into town for some post event celebrations.
Monday 22 May – DEPARTURE DAY
Your bike will be packed up ready for your flight home. A minibus will take you back to Bologna airport.