Sportive Date 24th May 2020
Nights Available 4 Nights

Nove Colli

Cesenatico Italy
Sportive Overview
Nove Colli By Sportive Breaks
Routes & FAQs
Travel Packages
Tour Overview

Nove Colli

Ride the Nove Colli in 2020 and celebrate 50 years of the original sportive. The Nove Colli (nine hills) is widely regarded as the first ever sportive with the original event taking place in 1970 organised by the local cycling club who still to this day run the sportive. It is now a massive operation with 13,000 riders coming from all over the world, live TV coverage in Italy and completely closed roads over a 200km route.
This is one of the largest gatherings of cyclists in Europe and there is a large expo in Cesenatico over the weekend with most brands there with their newest toys. The ride itself has a great atmosphere with locals lining the route and riders enjoying the beautiful countryside and completely closed roads.

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Sportive Weekend Highlights

Sportive Weekend Highlights

  • Ride the most popular sportive in Italy

    Ride with 13,000 other mostly Italian riders. Enjoy the super quick first 30km and then make friends on the climbs all on closed roads.

  • Discover a new cycling region

    Emilia Romagna is one of cycling's best kept secrets. Great coastal roads, some great climbs, sleepy hilltop towns and a culture that respects cyclists makes this a classic cycling destination.

  • Food Heaven

    The Lonely Planet recently awarded the region their number one destination in Europe award and cited their amazing food as a key reason. This is the foody capital of Italy which pretty much makes it the foody capital of the world. The perfect place to carb load!


The most popular sportive in Italy, all 13,000 entries get snapped up in minutes. Riders at the front of the race take it very seriously with the event screening live on TV. Further back, Italians and riders from all over the world tackle the 9 hills in a great atmosphere.

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

Arrival day. Collection is from Bologna Airport at 12.30pm. Please arrange a flight to arrive at least 30 mins before this. We set up bikes and go for a short coffee spin in the afternoon.

Friday 22nd May

Warm up ride one: after a delicious breakfast we head out to the hills for an easy 80km spin. We have a buffet waiting for us back at the hotel. Relax or check out the Marco Pantani museum in the afternoon before dinner.

Saturday 23rd May

Warm up ride two: a short 50km spin by the coast. Check out the race village in the afternoon before getting an early night.

Sunday 24th May

Granfondo day! A very early breakfast from 4.30am, pens open at 6am for a 7am start.

Monday 25th May

Departure day. We leave the hotel at 8am to arrive back in Bologna at 10am. Please arrange a flight to leave a minimum of 2 hours after this.


Other Services

  • Bike Rental Available

    We have a range of Giant Defy's with Ultegra & Disc Brakes for the Nove Colli.

Routes & FAQs

The Routes

Nove Colli is a sportive in 3 stages whether you are riding the 130km route or the full 200km. The first and last 30km are quick, very quick. Which just leaves either 70km or 140km depending on your route choice to get over the hills of the Emilia Romagna countryside.
This sportive is organised impeccably with closed roads, well marked climbs and feed stations stocked with energy food and local specialties. The sportive starts promptly at 6am with pens filling up from 5am. You will be given a pen colour instructing where to start - these are well sign posted in town. Straight from the gun the pace is quick as the route follows wide, flat roads. Hold on to a group and see those kilometress fly by (prepare to ride at a good 10km/h faster than your normal pace). From here the climbs start - 9 hills for the long route and 4 hills for the medium. These are mostly 5-7km and mostly steady. The most famous climb on the route is Barbotto which ramps up and up until hitting nearly 20% near the top. This is the final climb for the medium route.
On both routes, the final 30km is largely downhill giving you time to recover before a final quick 12km flat blast. After a final left turn in Cesenatico there is a long sprint finish to the line where crowds of locals will cheer you to the end.

Nove Colli Long Route 2017
Nove Colli Medium Route 2017

Choose the Route

Ride Distance: 200

Elevation gain: 3840

The full nine hills. Starting and ending on the coast with a rapid first and last 25km and a middle 150km full of climbing and descending.

Ride Distance: 130

Elevation gain: 1871

Taking in four of the nine hills including the toughest on the route - the Barbotto with gradients close to 20% at the top.


Frequently Asked Questions

Getting There

The nearest airport is Bologna which is just over one hour away. Transfers are available. Book flights to arrive in Bologna before 12pm on Thursday and depart after 12pm on Monday.

Documents Required

Medical certificate, ID and registration print off

What to Pack

The event starts very early with pens opening at 6am so arm warmers / gilets are essentials. Check the weather forecast before leaving - the weather is pretty consistent in Emilia Romagna but the race has been ridden in rain before.


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.

Start & Finish

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,

Travel Packages

Popular Packages

Choose between the Hotel David & Lungomare. Want to stay for more than 4 nights? Get in touch.

All Packages Include:

  • 4 Nights Accommodation with breakfast, dinner & post ride buffet
  • Return airport transfers
  • Daily guided rides
  • Guaranteed Nove Colli entries
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
Mark, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "Sportive Breaks' attention to detail and communication are spot on! Will be back next year. "

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