In case you're thinking of a bike vacation in Italy ...

Below is an email from the Hotel Belvedere in Riccione, featuring the 2013 Nove Colli.  This Gran Fondo takes place in May but the hotel needs a confirmation and deposit by the end of October.  They take care of registration, transportation to and from the start, pasta and drinks at the finish.

I'm planning on going back in May 2013 for the 5th year in a row. 

It's a great cycling vacation in the Emilia-Romagna region. Fly into Frankfurt or other city with a connecting flight to Bologna.  The hotel arranges a bus for guests and bikes from Bologna. One year, I took the train, which was fun.

The hotel is highly rated on Trip Advisor.  At that time of year, it is all cyclists. Included in the price are three buffet meals per day (food is outstanding!) and wine at dinner.  There is an outdoor pool and jacuzzi.  In the lower level there is a spa with saunas, turkish bath and massage.

Each day you can sign-up for one of four rides with hotel guides. They are usually 75-100+ kms.

The hotel is one block from the Adriatic, with beaches as far as you can see.

$1,200 for airfare + $1,500 for the hotel (about 115 euros per day for 10 days - shared room)

Here are some of my favourite rides for 2012 (I hope the links work, even if you don't have Strava).

Nove Colli - 130 kms. 2,500 metres of climbing.  12,000 to 14,000 participants.

http://app.strava.com/rides/8938471

San Leo - 95 kms. 1,900 metres

http://app.strava.com/rides/9305835

Urbino - 90kms. 1,400 metres

http://app.strava.com/rides/9086233

Fiorenzuolo - 40 kms. 600 metres of climbing.  Coffee overlooking the Adriatic.

http://app.strava.com/rides/9172298

   
         
Nove Colli 2013
 
 
Dear Cycling Friends,
 
The Nove Colli Gran Fondo sportive is one of the most important appointments in our cycle season.
 
A challenge which unites 12000 fans of this wonderful sport from all over the world! All with one common passion: the joy of crossing the finish line shouting "I did it!"
 
As always, we will be enthusiastically organising the registration and participation of the event for our guests. For more information regarding the event and our package please contact us directly.
 
Remember: the last date for registration with us is the 30th October in order for us to be able to register you with the organisers and get a good starting position.
 
So come on...you'd better start training!
 
Ciao e baci
 
Marina and the Belvedere team
 
 
 
 

   
         
   
 Spring cycling!
 Participate in the Gran Fondos!  Cycling in the autumn sun!
   
Start the season in style with a spring cycling holiday at the Belvedere.

Contact us for our spring programme
Why not combine a bike holiday with a Gran Fondo sportive?

Contact us to find out the Gran Fondos in our area and how you can take part.
Prolong your cycle season with a Belvedere bike holiday in the warm autumn sun.

Contact us for our autumn programme.
     
   
     
Belvedere Bike Hotel Viale Gramsci 95 - 47838 Riccione (RN) Italy Tel. +39 0541 601506 - Fax +39 0541 691394
bike@belvederericcione.com - www.belvederericcione.com 
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Comment by Jeff N on October 17, 2012 at 10:18pm

Looks like NoveColli needs to be on the list.

Comment by Bob Knight on October 24, 2012 at 9:18am

Hi Dave ... I'll be doing the 130 km course.  That was a 6 hour ride for me last year. 

A few in our extended group have done the 200 km, but with all the climbing, that'd be 10 hours for me. And with a week of riding ahead, I want to have have something left.

Around 100 kms, there is a turn where you make your choice:  30 kms to the finish or another 100 kms and five more climbs.  For me, it's an easy one!!

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