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Gran Fondo Nove Colli 2014

16th to 19th May 2014

Travel packages to the 2014 Gran Fondo Nove Colli with hotel in Cesenatico where this event starts and finishes with guaranteed entry and airport transfers now available with Sports Tours International.

The biggest "Gran Fondo" race in the Italian calendar, with 11,000 riders attempting the NINE hills of the Nove Colli (although most riders completing the course are convinced that there are more!!!).

This is one of the best organized races in the world and will sell out in days, once the online entry system opens.

Our travel package to the 44th Gran Fondo Nove Colli will be based at the Hotel Beau Soleil in Cesenatico. All rooms have balconies and the hotel offers free WIFI, a great 25m swimming pool and excellent facilities for cyclists.
The Hotel Beau Soleil is the ideal starting point for wonderful cycling and tracking excursions in the Romagna hinterland, while the pine forest, over 4km long, is ideal for jogging. The hotel offers cycling and triathlon lovers all the necessary facilities to be an excellent base for the 2014 Gran Fondo Nove Colli. At the hotel there is a safe bike storage equipped for repairs and cleaning, and a mechanic on request.

This weekend offers the opportunity to take part in the special atmosphere as 11,000 cyclists flood into town and every other town close by, and some not so close, such as Riccione, some 40km away by busy main roads. You don't really want a 25 mile ride after the race or hang around for hours as others finish so Cesenatico is the best place to be.

In Cesenatico you can easily get out and about on foot or on your bike. Visit the Pantani museum, Pantani's memorial, or visit the bike shop where he worked as a child and see the pictoral history of the young Marco as his love of racing developed.

This is one of the biggest and toughest Gran Fondo events, covering nine cols, 200km and 3,840 metres of vertical climbing (dont worry, it only averages 4.3% - but there are some 18% bits, too). There is also a short course, at only 130km, with 1871 metres of vertcal climbing, covering four of the nine cols, for those who are a little less experienced.

Planned itinerary for the 2014 event:

Friday 16th of May:
Arrival and day at leisure for all riders. We operate an arrival transfer from Venice airport at 16:00. We expect to be arriving at the hotel in time for the evening meal.

Saturday 17th of May:
Day at leisure, signing on, coastal ride or early supported ride up the last hill to become familiar with the final descent and the cut off points for the long/short courses. Relaxing afternoon in the spring sunshine (temp average mid 20's). Also time today to enjoy the hotel's quiet beach or the 25m swimming pool.

Evening meal at the hotel and your bike guide will do a race briefing for tomorrow's event.

Sunday 18th of May: The 2014 Gran Fondo Nove Colli
Race Day, early breakfast (04.30am). Meeting time at 05:00 with departure of the red grid at 06:00 and all other grids departing after this at 3 minute intervals. The meeting point and departure of the 2014 Gran Fondo Nove Colli race are at the touristic harbour of Cesenatico.

The Hotel beau Soleil is 5km from the start and 4km from the finish so ideally located in Cesenatico.

Monday 19th of May:
After breakfast we will depart for Venice airport. Please book flights after 13:00.

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£499 per person, based on two people sharing a Twin room.
Single supplement for the sole occupancy of a twin or double room: £89
Sorry, bookings are now closed for this package, and entries are no longer available.

Included in your travel package:

  • Guaranteed entry into the 2014 Gran Fondo Nove Colli
  • 3 nights on Half Board at the Hotel Beau Soleil in Cessenatico
  • Early breakfast on race day
  • Supported ride on Saturday
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • Airport transfers at set times from and back to Venice airport for rider and bike
  • The services of our bike guide

Not included:

  • Flights to Venice airport
  • Travel insurance (don't forget to insure your bike)

Entry conditions:
Minumum age for the 200km distance is 19 and the maximum age is 65.
Minimum age for the 130km distance is 15.

If not a member of the relevant national cycling union, you have to provide a medical certificate at the time of booking.
The deadline for this is the 28th of February and certificates must be valid at the time of the event.

If you are a non rider, please book our package as normal (online) and then email your booking confirmation with a note, to our office, at the email address stated above for us to apply a £ discount to your booking, and to remove the race entry that you will not be using.

Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but 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.
Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.

Sorry, bookings are now closed for this package, and entries are no longer available.

Important Information:
Visas are not required to enter Italy. You need a passport to enter Italy. As a British passport holder you may stay as a visitor for three months. General Travel Information is also available. All other non-UK passport holders must check their own country's entry requirements for Italy.

For details of insurance for the our travel packages, please visit our insurance page. There is additional information about our other Concierge Services on our special web page.



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