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Gran Fondo Nove Colli 2017

19th to 22nd May 2017 (Event day 21st May)

We are pleased to offer guaranteed entry into the 2017 Gran Fondo Nove Colli with the services of our bike guide, airport transfers from Bologna airport and 3 nights at a 4 star hotel in central Cesenatico with views across the Adriatic sea with breakfasts and evening meals included.

The Nove Colli Gran Fondo is one of Italy’s original and oldest Gran Fondo events. The Gran Fondo of the 9 hills takes place in and around Cesenatico on the Adriatic coast, also known as the place where Marco Pantani grew up and trained.
The event is tough with a distance of 200km to be conquered and 3800 metres of climbing across, you have guessed it; 9 hills. The shorter 130km distance takes you across 4 hills.

Gran Fondo Nove Colli weekend schedule:

  • Friday May 19 – Arrival day – 1.5 – 2hrs from Bologna airport
  • Saturday May 20 – Registration day in Cesenatico – 2.5km from our hotel
  • Sunday May 21 – Nove Colli day – Start is at 3.4km and finish at 1.2km from our hotel
  • Monday May 22 – Departure day

200km Event Profile

130km Event Profile

The Hotel:

**** Hotel Vista Mare Cesenatico
Hotel Vista Mare has been completely renovated and was re-opened in May 2015. The hotel’s warm and friendly atmosphere is combined with a modern and sophisticated decoration. The hotel is relatively small which ensures a great service and offers 36 guest rooms and suites, a 200 square meters SPA, 2 restaurants, 1 meeting room, 2 panoramic terraces with Jacuzzi and a lounge bar on the top roof.

The hotel offers a secure bike storage facility and also a covered garage for cars available at an extra daily fee. A free parking area is also available at 300 metres far from the hotel.

You are staying in a SPLENDIDA room with balcony with panoramic sea view

Planned itinerary for the 2017 event:

Friday May 19th – Arrival day:
Please make your way to our hotel today; the excellently located 4 star hotel Vista Mare in Cesenatico. Alternatively we offer airport transfers from Bologna airport to connect with the following flights from the UK:

  • London Gatwick – arrival 10.20
  • Edinburgh – arrival 10.35
  • London Heathrow – arrival 11.30
  • London Stansted – arrival 11.50

We expect our airport transfer to depart Bologna airport at about 13.00 so we should get to Cesenatico for about 15.00. If you are on a different flight then please select the departure time from the airport which connects with your flight time.

On arrival in Cesenatico we will assist you with building your bikes and in the evening over the evening meal our bike guide will go over the weekend’s itinerary.

Saturday May 20th – Registration day in Cesenatico:
After breakfast we offer a guided ride around Cesenatico on the same roads that Marco Pantani used to train on all those years ago. Today is also the day for registration at the Nove Colli event village in Cesenatico which is withing riding distance of the hotel.

Alternatively why not walk across the road and make sue of the hotel’s beach facilities on the beautiful Adriatic sea and have a nice swim.

Before the evening meal we will meet up in the hotel’s roof top terrace to enjoy an ‘Aperitivo’. What a view!

Sunday May 21st – Nove Colli day:
We have organised an early breakfast at the hotel this morning and based on your starting pen and time you can simply roll over to the start from the hotel and start your 200km or 130km Italian Gran Fondo experience.

This event is well-known for its brilliant support and atmosphere as well as being a tough day out on the bike.

After you finish, it is easy to ride back to the hotel and we will have the evening meal together.

Monday May 22nd – Departure day:
If you are making use of our airport transfers today then our airport transfers will leave at the following times:

Departure from Cesenatico at 07:00 which will get you to Bologna airport for about 09:00. Taking 2 hours into consideration for checking-in, this is in time for the following flights:

  • Edinburgh flight at 11.00
  • London Heathrow flight at 12.35
  • London Gatwick flight at 15.10

Our 2nd transfer today will depart Cesenatico at 14.00 to connect with the following flights:

  • London Stansted flight at 18.20
  • London Heathrow flight at 19.00

If you are on a different flight then please select the departure time which connects with your flight time. We can’t be held responsible for you selecting the wrong time and not leaving enough time to get to the airport.

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£619 based on 2 people sharing a room with 2 single beds (twin) or with double bed for couple
£100 Single Room Supplement based on the sole occupancy of a room

Included in your travel package:

  • A guaranteed entry into the 2017 Gran Fondo Nove Colli
  • 3 nights 4 star hotel accommodation in central Cesenatico
  • Sea view room with panoramic views across the Adriatic
  • Daily breakfasts including an early breakfast on race day
  • Evening meals
  • Return airport transfers between Bologna airport for yourself, your bike and luggage
  • Bike storage at the hotel and mechanical assistance
  • Guided ride into the Cesenatico country side
  • Services of the experienced Sports Tours International team
  • A Sports Tours International cycling jersey made by Santini – More information

Also available (not exhaustive):

(Sorry, bookings are now closed for the 2017 event)

Please look here for our full booking conditions

Important Information:

Medical certificate:
To take part in the 2017 Gran Fondo Nove Colli you have to get a medical certificate signed by your doctor within the last year from the event date,  our partners offer online medical certification. For all those who DO NOT have a UCI racing license, a cycling specific medical certificate issued by a sports doctor and allowing participation in cycling events at a COMPETITIVE LEVEL must be sent. No other type of medical certificate will be accepted.

Single travellers and twin to share:
We welcome single travellers on our tours and holidays as it is a great way to join a like-minded group of people and you will make lots of new friends. If you would like to join our group as a single traveller we can offer you two options. A single room or if you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our ‘twin to share’ option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra.

General, visa, passport and health information:
For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports. General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Click here for the latest travel advice for France, and click here for useful ‘know before you go’ information also from the FCO. Please note that this information relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

Travel Insurance:
For details of specialist sports travel insurance for our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you to participate in running events. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.



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