Nove Colli

Italy 24th May Nove Colli

Race Distance

200

Race Elevation

3840

Trip Dates

24th May

Price From

£799 pp

What's Included

(includes Race Entry, Airport Transfers from Bologna & breakfast and dinners).

Nove Colli

Travel Package

4 nights in Hotel David (includes Race Entry, Airport Transfers from Bologna & breakfast and dinners).

Return airport transfers from

Bologna (BLQ)


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Race Overview
Itinerary
Route Information
Getting to Nove Colli
Hotel Information
Staff
Tour Overview

Race Overview

The Nove Colli (nine hills) is widely regarded as the first ever sportive. The original event took place in 1970 organised by the local cycling club who still to this day run the sportive. It is now a massive operation with 13,000 riders coming from all over the world, live TV coverage in Italy and completely closed roads over a 200km route.
This is one of the largest gatherings of cyclists in Europe and there is a large expo in Cesenatico over the weekend with most brands there with their newest toys. The ride itself has a great atmosphere with locals lining the route and riders enjoying the beautiful countryside and completely closed roads.

Itinerary

Weekend Itinerary

The most popular sportive in Italy, all 13,000 entries get snapped up in minutes. Riders at the front of the race take it very seriously with the event screening live on TV. Further back, Italians and riders from all over the world tackle the 9 hills in a great atmosphere.

Arrival Day Thursday 21st May

Cesenatico
Arrival day. Collection is from Bologna Airport at 12.30pm. Please arrange a flight to arrive at least 30 mins before this. We set up bikes and go for a short coffee spin in the afternoon.

Warm Up One Friday 22nd May

Cesenatico
Warm up ride one: after a delicious breakfast we head out to the hills for an easy 60km spin. We have a buffet waiting for us back at the hotel. Relax or check out the Marco Pantani museum in the afternoon before dinner.
Ride Distance 60 km.
Elevation Gain 900 m.

Warm Up Two Saturday 23rd May

Cesenatico
Warm up ride two: a 60km spin taking in the first climb of the Nove Colli. In the afternoon Bryan runs through plans for the race at our brief.
Ride Distance 60 km.
Elevation Gain 800 m.

Race Day Sunday 24th May

Cesenatico
Granfondo day! A very early breakfast from 4.30am, pens open at 6am for a 7am start.

Departure Day Monday 25th May

Cesenatico
Departure day. We leave the hotel at 8am to arrive back in Bologna at 10am. Please arrange a flight to leave a minimum of 2 hours after this.
Route Overview

Route Overview

Nove Colli is a sportive in 3 stages whether you are riding the 130km route or the full 200km. The first and last 30km are quick, very quick. Which just leaves either 70km or 140km depending on your route choice to get over the hills of the Emilia Romagna countryside.
This sportive is organised impeccably with closed roads, well marked climbs and feed stations stocked with energy food and local specialties. The sportive starts promptly at 6am with pens filling up from 5am. You will be given a pen colour instructing where to start - these are well sign posted in town. Straight from the gun the pace is quick as the route follows wide, flat roads. Hold on to a group and see those kilometress fly by (prepare to ride at a good 10km/h faster than your normal pace). From here the climbs start - 9 hills for the long route and 4 hills for the medium. These are mostly 5-7km and mostly steady. The most famous climb on the route is Barbotto which ramps up and up until hitting nearly 20% near the top. This is the final climb for the medium route.
On both routes, the final 30km is largely downhill giving you time to recover before a final quick 12km flat blast. After a final left turn in Cesenatico there is a long sprint finish to the line where crowds of locals will cheer you to the end.

Getting There

Getting to Nove Colli

The nearest airport is Bologna which is just over one hour away. Transfers are available.

Hotel Information

Hotel Information

Hotel David

Address

Viale G. Carducci, 297, 47042 Villamarina FC, Italy

  • On the beach
  • Great food
  • Excellent bike facilities

Our base for the Nove Colli is the excellent Hotel David in Cesenatico. With good sized rooms and very friendly staff, this hotel is set on the beach just out of town so a quiet nights sleep is assured.

Staff

Staff

Directeur Sportif: Bryan Steel

Super Domestique: Taylor Gunman

Travel Packages

Popular Packages

4 Nights: 21 - 25th May 2020
Summary Price Quantity Total  
21st to 25th May Hotel David Single Room - Half Board Nove Colli Entry Return transfers from Bologna
£899 £899 Book Now
21st to 25th May Hotel David Single Room - Half Board Nove Colli Entry Return transfers from Bologna
£1599 £1599 Book Now

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