Come and ride the Gran Fondo Marco Pantani cycle sportive. The Pantanissima is a Granfondo organised by the family of the great Italian cyclist Marco Pantani. Marco was one of Italy’s great cyclist, a fantastic climber who had many a battle with cyclists such as Lance Armstrong in the mountains of the Tour de France. There are two ride distances 111km (69 miles and 2000m up), 152km (95 miles, 2700m up).
The ride starts in Cesenatico Pantani’s home-town. In previous years all riders start together and this is certainly is an experience not to be missed. Once on the open road the bunch soon splits into groups of riders of similar speed, the first 24km (15 miles) is pretty much flat and then you hit the first climb, then the fun begins. This event is not as difficult as the Nove Colli Gran Fondo which we also support, the climbs are more gentle, less demanding with only three to contend with on the longer ride. Over the last climb and the long descent and flat section back to Cesenatico where the crowds await to applaud you.
Our base for this event is a lovely 4-star hotel in the start town of Cesenatico and only a 10-minute ride to the start. It is located right on the beachfront, with a spa, a swimming pool and is certainly a great location for sporting cyclists and families or partners should they come. Here hospitality comes as second nature and a great atmosphere build up. On Saturday when you pick up your bike (should you have rented one) in the afternoon you shall receive your race pack with a number, electronic timing chip and various goodies! You shall be informed of the timing of the early breakfast to enable you to fuel up and have time to cycle down to the race start.
After the event, we are sure you shall meet other cyclists in the bar after dinner and swap stories of the event itself.
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.
Below is the schedule for the 7-night tour, on the 3-night tour you will have a guided ride on the Saturday before the event.
Arrival is on a Friday. Once you have checked in, start to prepare your bike. There are tools and pumps available in the hotel for your use. There are also great carbon road bikes available to rent should you decide not to take your own bike.
Today will be chance to take a guided warm-up ride, stretch the legs and check the bike out. Normally we would head across the flat planes and up a small hill for a coffee stop before returning to your hotel base.
The day of the event, an early breakfast and ride the short distance to the start line. It is best to leave in time to get to the start line 1 hour before the event starts to get a good start position.
During the remaining part of the week, there will be a number of guided rides of different lengths and speeds. Select which group to ride in and there shall be many different destinations to explore during the week. 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.
It is worth a visit during the week to the old town of Cesenatico a few miles away, it is a lovely seaport with canals, historic boating museum and of course many bars and restaurants. At the main train station is also a museum with Pantani memorabilia, many of his bikes and winners Jerseys, worth a short visit if you visit the main town.
Depart after breakfast.
To Bologna or Rimini airports where 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.
Please Note: 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.