Date May 21, 2023
Nights 4 Nights
Price From £589pp
Nove Colli May 21, 2023 Italy The Big Six

Nove Colli with Sportive Breaks

The most popular sportive in Italy, usually 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. You can choose from two different routes – 200km and 130km. It’s not all about the Gran Fondo. Cesenatico is a great beach resort and the hotels are near the beach and have wellness facilities and a pool and everything you need for a cycling holiday; bike store with tools, laundry service and of course plenty of food. Your stay is on super half board basis with breakfasts, post-ride buffet and evening meals with drinks.

Weekend Highlights

Weekend Highlights

  • Guaranteed Entry in the Yellow pen: You will start in the yellow pen (pen 4 out of 8) - start no 4551 - 6450.

  • Guided warm up rides: 5 Guided daily excursions on Thu, Fri, Sat in different groups with different levels of difficulty and intensity

  • Excellent bike facilities: Bike room equipped with a washing area, small repairs and a compressor. Free laundry service for cycling kit

  • Wellness : Free entry to the LUNGOBENESSERE wellness centre. Access to hotel gym. Free towels and bathrobe for the salt water pool. Beach front hotel

Sportive Distance Sportive Elevation Sportive Difficulty
Long Route 200 3,944 5/5
Medium Route 130 2,149 3/5

What's Included


Choice of 3 & 4* hotels in Cesenatico

Included Meals

All breakfast & dinners + post-ride buffet

Guided Warm Up Ride

Daily rides with ride guide

Sportive Entry

Delivered to hotel

Laundry Service

Free for cycling kit


From Bologna - on request

Bike Rental

from £140

Nove Colli

The Nove Colli sportive (nine hills) is the most popular sportive in Italy. 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. There are two route options, a punchy 130km route and the full 200km option featuring all nine hills.

The 2023 event takes place on the 21 of May, with our four-night packages beginning on the 18th.

What is the Nove Colli Sportive?

A tough Sportive that tackles 9 major hills/ climbs. 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.


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18 May, 2023 : Arrival Day

Please make your own arrangements to Cesenatico today. If you are flying, then the nearest airport is Bologna Airport (PMI). We offer an optional airport transfer on request at additional cost. Please contact us for prices. The transfer takes approximately 1.30 hours. We are staying at the Hotel David. The hotel is located within minutes of the start and the finish in Cesenatico and is booked on a Half Board basis.

19 May, 2023 : Warm Up Ride One

● Breakfast at the hotel
● Option to join a guided ride today
● On return to the hotel, enjoy the post-ride 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

20 May, 2023 : Preparation Day

After breakfast and any final bike adjustments, you can choose to take part in a supported, guided ride. We suggest not doing anything too strenuous the day before the sportive.
● We have arranged to collect your bib for you
● Expo, it is just a short walk from our hotels
● Evening meal at the hotel

21 May, 2023 : Nove Colli Day!

● 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
● Evening meal at the hotel

22 May, 2023 : Departure day

Time to say goodbye. Please arrange your onward travel or we can assist with booking airport transfers on request.

Sportive Options

Routes displayed are from 2022 and are subject to change by the event organiser.

Distance Elevation Difficulty
Long Route 200km 3,944m 5/5
Medium Route 130km 2,149m 3/5
Long Route


Hotel David ***

Viale Giosue Carducci 297, Cesenatico, Italy

The hotel is set on the beachfront of Villamarina di Cesenatico and it has views of the Adriatic Sea. All the rooms are air-conditioned with a TV, private bathroom, and free toiletries. Enjoy the outdoor heated pool, on-draft wine at dinner and free wifi. Half-board includes a rich buffet breakfast and dinner buffet.

Hotel Lungomare ****

Viale G. Carducci, 299, 47042 Villamarina FC, Italy

Our favourite hotel in Cesenatico and our base for the Nove Colli weekend. This is a designated bike hotel and the facilities for cyclists are fantastic. Great food to keep you fuelled for the big ride, spa facilities and heated pool for off-the-bike relaxation. This is the meeting point for our guided rides and our mechanic will be based here. NB Hotel Lungomare is the sister hotel of Hotel David, our other accommodation offering. Guests of Hotel David can enter the wellness facilities of Lungomare: LUNGOBENESSERE.

Airport Transfers

Please make your own arrangements to get to Cesenatico. The nearest airport is Bologna Airport (BLQ). The transfer takes approximately 1.30 hours. Please contact us to discuss transfer options and costs .

Arrival Times
Departure Times
Bologna (BLQ)
Airport transfers available on request
Airport transfers available on request

Dates & Book Now

Sportive Breaks is part of the Destination Sport Experiences Group. When clicking on the booking link below, you will be taken to the Destination Sport Experiences booking engine. If you have any questions, please do contact our team

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