Come and ride the Nove Colli Granfondo cycle sportive starting and finishing in Cesenatico. This event is known as the Queen of Granfondo’s, with over 10,000 riders the event sells out in minutes when released in November making it near impossible to enter individually unless via Hooked on Cycling. The Nove Colli event is 205km / 127 miles long (there is also a short version of 130km / 81 miles), it has 9 mountain climbs (4 on the short course) with approximately 42 miles (16 miles on the short course) of climbing within the middle 90 miles of the course. The nine cols are Polenta, Pieve di Rivoschio, Ciola, Barbotto, Monte Tiffi, Perticara, Pugliano, Passo delle Siepi and the last climb Gorolo. The climb of Barbotto all long and short course riders ride and this climb has a chrono (timed) with the king of the mountains award.
This certainly is an experience not to be missed, as riders amass in the starting grid, anticipation mounts, the hosts get the riders excited for the challenge ahead of them. Starting in grids and waves of 1000 riders with 3 minutes apart you head out at speed for the flat 17 miles before the first climb then it is a question of survival as you have climbed after climb without little valley roads between climbs. Over the last climb and the long descent and flat section back to Cesenatico where the crowds await to applaud you.
The biggest applause is always reserved for the last rider on the long course, here most of the public have left and riders are back in there hotels or travelling home, but the last rider is greeted but all the helpers and officials at the finish, get to stand on the podium and are provided with local gifts.
Our base for this event is a 4-star hotel in the start town of Cesenatico which is located right on the beachfront, with spa and swimming pool it is a great location for the sporting cyclists and families or partners should they come. Here hospitality comes as second nature and a great atmosphere build up.
You shall need either a Race License from your own country or a doctor signed medical certificate (standard copy supplied by organizers) to take part in the event. Ride entries fees cannot be refunded if these are not supplied in time.
Please note the race entry cannot be reassigned to another rider or cancelled.
Read about Jon’s 2016 experience of riding the Nove Colli here.
Read our 2017 Trip Report from the Nove Colli
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrive at Cesenatico and check into your hotel. If you have rented one of the fabulous carbon bikes you shall have time to get fitted and make any small adjustments to it. If you have your own bike you will have time to build it and get the bike prepared ready for a warmup ride tomorrow.
A chance to warm up the legs today after a day of travelling. A short spin of around 50-60km will be on offer at an easy pace. Enjoy a coffee at a lovely town along the route before heading back to the hotel to rest up for the big day.
The day of the event, an early breakfast and just before 5am you shall ride the short distance to the start line. You shall leave this time to try and get a good position in your selected grid. The ride itself starts at 6am with groups off in 3 minute intervals.
There will be a number of guided rides of different lengths and speeds, you are free to select which group to ride with and there shall be different destinations. The rides will take you to the nicest historic towns and the best landscapes. For non-cyclists the hotel has some fabulous facilities and being right on the beach is great for relaxing in the sun and watching the world go by.
Depart after breakfast.
NOTE: 3 Night Tour – The Nove Colli event is on Sunday 23rd May. If you booked the 3-night version you shall depart on day 4.
Do not miss this opportunity you will want to go back time and time again!
Guided rides after race event.
To Bologna or Rimini airports were we can arrange transfer to the hotel if required, transfers are paid locally. You can also take the train direct from Bologna or Rimini to Cesenatico.