Nove Colli has been going every year since 1971 - by far the oldest of the major European sportives
Marco Pantani was from Cesenatico and there is a museum dedicated to him in town
The nearest airport is Bologna which is just over one hour away. Transfers are available.
Race entries can be collected at the Stadio Comunale in Cesenatico from the Wednesday of the event. You will need your medical certificate, ID & Race Pack form that you need to print out from the Nove Colli website.
The grids open at 6am for a 7am start in Cesenatico. Grids of 2,000 riders are all over town with instruction of where to go given in your race pack. The finish is in central Cesenatico adjacent to the beach,
The home of Nove Colli and a good choice for basing yourself for your visit. The town is probably the most up market of the local beach towns and for Nove Colli there is a large bike expo with plenty of top brands on show. The race starts early in the morning so being close to the start line helps.
Riccione is home to some of the best bike hotels in the world. The town has a nice centre with good restaurants and a long sandy beach. The bike hotels all include excellent local guides so this is a good base if you are coming for longer than just the weekend and all the hotels put on transfers to Cesenatico for race day.
This is the biggest town in the area and has some good restaurants and excellent bike hotels.