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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
● 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.
● 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.
● 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.
● 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.
● Transfers will leave the hotel at 08:00 and head to Bologna, aiming to arrive there at 10:00.
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.
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.
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.
Choose the Route
Ride Distance: 200
Elevation gain: 3840
Ride Distance: 130
Elevation gain: 1871
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.
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.
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.
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:
4 Nights: David Hotel for 1 person
4 Nights: David Hotel for 2 people
4 Nights: Hotel Lungomare for 1 person
4 Nights: Hotel Lungomare for 2 people