Nove Colli is one of Italy’s most famous granfondos, literally translated as nine hills but it is not only the challenging course that has made Nove Colli a must for so many international cyclists. Few places in Italy can offer such rich history and intense passion for cycling as Cesenatico. The birth place of Marco Pantani, Ceseantico has been the home of Nove Colli for all of it’s 47 years. The seaside town is blessed with beautiful bars, cafes and views over the Mediterranean. A place to be enjoyed both on and of the bike.
Our weekend packages offers riders the chance to enjoy every moment of their stay in Italy. On arrival at the airport you will me met by our team and privately transferred to Hotel Lungomare. Silvia at her staff at Hotel Lungomare are good friends of Italy Bike Tours and clients can expect a warm welcome. This fully supported weekend includes entry to Nove Colli, a visit to Pantani Museum, 2 guided rides, full mechanical support and two splendid evening meals.
This package has all the hall marks of an Italy Bike Tours gran fondo weekend. Superb organisation, attention to detail and our relationships with Nove Colli mean the clients can look forward to a great weekend in stupendous Italy.
FRIDAY, 17TH MAY
On arrival at the hotel you will be met by your Italy Bike Tours team. They will happily assist you with your bags and bike boxes before transferring you the short distance from Bologna or Rimini airports. Silivia and the team will be waiting for you at Hotel Lungomare and after a swift check-in we will meet in the bike room before a late afternoon ride. A chance to spin the legs and for those hiring bikes a chance to get used to a new bike for the weekend.
Before dinner in the hotel restaurant your tour manager will give you a briefing on the following day. With over 9000 cyclists taking part in Nove Colli, it is important that everybody in the group understands the itinerary.
SATURDAY 18TH MAY
After a super breakfast we will head out on the bike towards the Nove Colli expo. On arrival you will have a chance to explore, take photos and soak up the atmosphere. Our team will be on hand to assist you with the registration process and after a coffee your guide will lead you on a tour that will include the last 2 climbs of Nove Colli. This is a great way to learn a little more about the challenge ahead.
Safely back in the hotel our mechanic will be on hand to do last minute checks on your bike. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and superb wellness centre, a chance to relax and unwind. Your tour manager will once again give you a briefing of tomorrows itinerary including an early start! Dinner will once again be served in the hotel restaurant and you can be sure that Hotel Lungomare would have prepared a special pre-Nove Colli menu.
SUNDAY 19TH MAY
An early start as your guide will ride with you to the start of the gran fondo. This can often by a tricky moment for International riders but with your experienced guide and Italy Bike Tours staff on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly you have only to concentrate on pedaling!
Non – riders will be transferred to a part of the course where they will have a chance to see loved ones. This service is included in the price of the trip. On arrival at the finish line you can look forward to a wonderful pasta party! A carnival atmosphere if ever there was one. On arrival back at the hotel staff will be on hand to assist with bikes.
MONDAY 20TH MAY
All good things must come to an end and our staff will transfer you to the airport in the late morning. Please ensure flights are out of Rimini or Bologna early afternoon or late morning.
Nove Colli Entry
3 nights 4* accommodation in Cesenatico
Private Transfers from Airport
2 Guided rides
Full mechanical support
Assistance with registration
PRICE PER PERSON FROM €1,250
SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY SUPPLEMENT €250
PAY 20% DEPOSIT NOW TO BOOK THIS TOUR
(REMAINING BALANCE DUE TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO TOUR)