Cycling holidays made easy - Sportive Breaks takes you to the best climbs, routes and sportives in Europe without the hassle. Join our team of expert guides, mechanics and local hosts and discover some of the best riding on the planet!
Our packages include return airport transfers, half board accommodation, guided warm up ride & sportive entry. 4 night trips, or longer on request.
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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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.
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 signposted in town.
There are two routes to choose from, with 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.
The Long route is 200km, 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.
The Medium route, 130km, takes in four of the nine hills including the toughest on the route - the Barbotto.
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