Sportive Date 24th May 2020
Nights Available 4 Nights

Nove Colli

Cesenatico Italy
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Nove Colli

Nove Colli 2020 Sportive: Four-Night Packages

The Nove Colli sportive includes nine hills and brings together the largest assembly of cyclists in Europe. Expect a fantastic atmosphere, with the route lined by locals ready to spur you on. Roads are closed during this sportive, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy your surroundings without having to worry about traffic.

This year’s event takes place on the 24th of May, with our four-night packages beginning on the 21st.

What is the Nove Colli Sportive?

Cyclists who sign up for the Nove Colli Sportive in 2020 will be treated to an extra special experience, a celebration of 50 years since this particular sportive began.

The sportive is organised by the same local cycling club who planned the first event in 1970. It has been the focus of TV coverage, with 13,000 riders the world over flocking to Italy to take part in the 200km cycling challenge.

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Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • The most popular sportive Italy has to offer

    While most of the participants are natives to Italy, people travel across the globe to experience the Nove Colli sportive, and we expect 2020 to be no different.

    The first 30km is quick; however, there are plenty of opportunities to make friends with like-minded cyclists throughout the rest of the race.

  • Be in on the secret

    Emilia Romagna is known to be one of the best-kept secrets within the cycling community. Enjoy stunning coastal roads, great climbs, sleepy towns and a culture that is extremely welcoming to cyclists.

  • Food heaven

    The region has been awarded the number one destination in Europe by The Lonely Planet. The reason cited? Tastebud-tingling food. Known as the food capital of Italy, what better place to carb up before a ride?


Nove Colli With Sportive Breaks

With a sportive as popular as Nove Colli, entries often get snapped up within minutes. As the event is screened on TV, cyclists on the frontlines take the race extremely seriously. Wherever you are in the race, you are guaranteed a memorable experience.

Why Book With Us

  • Guaranteed entry to the Nove Colli
  • Daily guided warm up rides to the best local routes
  • Mechanical support
  • Two great hotel options on the beach in Cesenatico


Thursday 21st May

● Transfers from the hotel to the airport leaves at 12:30.
● Following our arrival at the hotel, we will build our bikes.
● A short coffee spin is scheduled to take place in the afternoon.

Friday 22nd May

● The group is welcomed to have breakfast together.
● A warm-up ride will see us taking to the hills for an easy 80km spin.
● When we return to the hotel, we will be treated to a buffet.
● The afternoon is free for everyone to enjoy - we recommend visiting the Marco Pantani museum.
● A meal will be available at the hotel in the evening.

Saturday 23rd May

● The second warm-up ride of our minibreak consists of a 50km spin near the coast.
● In the afternoon, we will scout out the race village before getting an early night before the sportive.

Sunday 24th May - Race Day

● A very early breakfast will be available at the hotel from 04:30.
● The pens will open at 06:00, ready for a 07:00 start.

Monday 25th May

● Transfers will leave the hotel at 08:00 and head to Bologna, aiming to arrive there at 10:00.


Hotel Lungomare

Viale G. Carducci, 299, 47042 Villamarina FC, Italy

    About the Hotel

    Our pick for the best hotel in Cesenatico. The Lungomare is a 4* hotel right on the beach with great cycling facilities. The food is fantastic and the staff work hard to make sure you have a great stay. Facilities include a wellness centre / spa, bike storage and air conditioning.

    Other Services

    • Nove Colli Bike Rental

      Participants who book through Sportive Breaks have the option to either bring their bikes with them or rent one of our models. For the Nove Colli, we supply Giant Defy bikes, with Ultegra and Disc Breakers.

    Routes & FAQs

    The Routes

    Nove Colli Route

    The sportive consists of three stages for all routes, with the first and final 30km being extremely fast paced. The remaining section includes tackling the hills of the Emilia Romagna.

    The 2020 sportive is impeccably organised, with feed stations fully stocked with energy food and local treats.

    Nove Colli Long Route 2017
    Nove Colli Medium Route 2017

    Choose the Route

    Ride Distance: 200

    Elevation gain: 3840

    This route challenges you to tackle the full nine hills. You will start and end the race on the stunning coast. Notable aspects of this sportive are the middle 150km and the last 25km, memorable due to the climbs and descents it offers.

    Ride Distance: 130

    Elevation gain: 1871

    The medium route tackles four out of the nine hills, including the most famous climb on the course; the Barbotto which hits nearly 20% towards the top. The final 30km of this route is mostly downhill, giving you plenty of time to recover before sprinting to the finish line.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Getting There

    The closest airport is Bologna, located just over an hour from the hotel. Sportive Breaks provides transfers from the airport to the hotel. All flights should be arranged to arrive at Bologna before 12:00 on Thursday.

    Documents Required

    To participate in the Nove Colli sportive, you must obtain a medical certificate from your doctor. Additional documentation required to take part includes a print-out of your registration and ID.

    What to Pack

    It may be chilly when the pens open at 06:00, so it is recommended that you pack arm warmers and gilets. The weather is usually consistent; however, there have been occasions where it has rained. With that in mind, consider monitoring the local weather in the runup to the event.


    Your race entry can be collected in Cesenatico at the Stadio Comunale from the Wednesday preceding the event. For registration, you will need to provide your ID, a medical certificate and your race pack form which can be printed from the Nove Colli website.

    Start & Finish

    Grids will be open from 06:00, ready for a 07:00 start. Each grid will consist of 2,000 cyclists throughout Cesenatico. Instructions of where you need to be will be included in your race pack. The race will finish in Cesenatico, adjacent to the beach, a perfect place to rest and recover once completed.

    Travel Packages

    Popular Packages

    Novi Colli 2020 Travel Packages

    Our packages are based around a four-night stay. However, if you are interested in extending your trip, let us know, and we will do everything we can to help.

    All Packages Include:

    • Four-night accommodation including breakfast, dinner and buffet.
    • Transfers to and from the airport.
    • Daily guided rides.
    • Guaranteed entry to the Nove Colli sportive.
    • Mechanical support throughout.
    4 Nights: 21 - 25th May 2020
    Summary Price Quantity Total  

    4 Nights: David Hotel for 1 person
    Single Room - Half Board
    Nove Colli Sportive Entry
    Bologna to Cesenatico Shuttle

    £899 £899 Book Now

    4 Nights: David Hotel for 2 people
    Twin / Double Room - Half Board
    2 x Nove Colli Sportive Entry
    Bologna to Cesenatico Shuttle

    £1599 £1599 Book Now

    4 Nights: Hotel Lungomare for 1 person
    Single Room - Half Board
    1 x Nove Colli Sportive Entry
    Bologna to Cesenatico Shuttle

    £999 £999 Book Now

    4 Nights: Hotel Lungomare for 2 people
    Twin / Double Room - Half Board
    2 x Nove Colli Sportive Entry
    Bologna to Cesenatico Shuttle

    £1799 £1799 Book Now

    Jonathan, Nove Colli, 2017: "The Nove Colli was exceptional - well organised, plenty of very well stocked food stops. The Lungomare was tremendous - The Pasolini family run an exceptional operation - great friendly service, excellent food and beverage and all spotlessly clean. The guided rides were most welcome & the pasta buffet, which was served daily from 12.00, was on the house - a very welcome surprise. "

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