Saturday is Stage 8 of the Giro. It's an individual time trial that runs from Gabicce Monte to Saltara. Unfortunately, I'll be arriving the following week. We're staying at the Belvedere Hotel in Riccione, which is about 10 kms to the north.
One of our favourite rides is along coast, then the climb to Gabbice Monte and along the Panoramica to Fiorenzuola. We've also done a longer ride to Pesaro, before looping inland and finally back to Riccione.
The Panoramica is a great route. It's a rolling, winding road along the Adriatic with only the occasional car. The views and smells are spectacular - alternating between the sea and the valley.
In Gabicce Monte, there is a restaurant with a great view the coast. One of the cafes in Fiorenzuola has a jersey signed by Marco Pantani. Last year, we watched part of the Giro there and cheered on Ryder with some of the locals.
This year Terri and Nick from BCC will be there too. Looking forward to riding with them as our paths will cross for a few days!