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Italy - Nove Colli & Giro Tour
14th May 2019 - 21st May 2019 (8 days)
The stunning scenery and challenging terrain of the Adriatic coastal region of the Emilia-Romagna Province of Italy has proved an irresistible draw for cyclists of all standards, and this specially tailored tour is your chance to sample its many delights. The stylish Hotel Fedora in the chic holiday resort of Riccione is the ideal base for an unforgettable experience. The tour includes up to two trips to see the Giro d'Italia stages nearby.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Greg Woodford
- Grade Moderate
- Booking Status Places Available
- Accommodation Hotel
- Board Basis Half Board
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Centre-based
- Vehicle Support Luggage Transfer
- Holiday Ref 03353
Tuesday 14th May
Arrive at the hotel in Riccione. If arriving at Rimini airport, vehicle transfer to the hotel is available. Optional coastal ride to Cattolica. 30km. Stay 7 nights.
Wednesday 15th May
Cycle into the Apennines. Choice of distances available. 90-140km.
Thursday 16th May
Cycle to visit the World Heritage town of Urbino. 95km.
Friday 17th May
Cycle along the coast. Panoramic coastal views of Gabbice Mare. Then on to an al fresco lunch at the Paradiso in Collina, high above Pesaro. 100km.
Saturday 18th May
Either cycle to Cesenatico via the historic old town of Rimini to see the Nove Colli Grandfondo sportive event village (the event takes place the following day), then cycle or vehicle transfer to see the Stage 8 finish of the Giro d'Italia in Pesaro. 30-90km. Vehicle transfer back to the hotel.
Or ride into the Apennines west of Pesaro. 100km.
Sunday 19th May
Either cycle to watch Stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia, the individual time trial. This is one of the deciding stages and covers 34.7km, starting in Riccione and finishing in San Marino, with a constant upward elevation trace marked over the second half of the course. Vehicle transfer back to the hotel.
Or rest day at the beach with an afternoon vehicle transfer to watch the time trial.
The Nove Colli Grandfondo sportive is on the same day (see Other Information).
Monday 20th May
Cycle to the medieval walled comune of Gradara then on to the ancient independent city state of San Marino (no need for passports). 60km. Cycle back to the hotel (120km) or spend time visiting the city, then vehicle transfer back to the hotel.
Tuesday 21st May
After breakfast, pack bikes up ready for the vehicle transfer to Rimini airport, where the tour ends.
Accommodation & Meals
Based at Hotel Fedora, a stylish 3-star hotel in the chic holiday resort of Riccione. Rooms are based on two people sharing. Single occupancy is available for a supplement. Half-board plus a small buffet/nibbles at the end of the day's ride. The hotel provides fantastic evening meals of local dishes and seafood. Vegetarian or other dietary requirements are available if indicated on the Booking Form.
Return vehicle transfer between Rimini Airport and the hotel. Vehicle transfers are also available to support the rides on other days (see Itinerary).
Passports, Visa & Health
EU citizens must hold a passport that is still valid on the date of their return to their home country. Holders of non-EU passports are advised to check whether they require a visa. There are no compulsory health related requirements for UK residents, but you are strongly advised to check that your tetanus protection has not expired. You must also carry your European Health Insurance Card.
Our Booking Conditions stipulate that, for holidays outside the UK, travel Insurance is mandatory. Details of the level of cover needed and other conditions you should check are stated in the Booking Conditions. CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any costs that may be incurred due to insufficient insurance cover.
The price of £790 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the tour and is calculated at a rate of 1.12 Euros to £1 sterling (based on exchange rates published on www.xrates.com on 14 September 2018; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3). If there are insufficient bookings by 5th March 2019, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- Vehicle transfer to and from Rimini airport
- 7 nights hotel, sharing room, half-board
- Small buffet at the end of the day's ride
- Other vehicle transfers as indicated in the Itinerary
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Flights to and from Rimini Airport
- Drinks with evening meals
- Lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Single occupancy supplement (£140, subject to availability)
A deposit of £400 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £390 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 5th March 2019.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 5th March 2019
From 5th March 2019 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
The area in which you will be riding varies from sweeping coastal views to the stunning Apennines, all of which are within easy riding distance of the hotel. Several historic cities are nearby, with medieval streets and citadels commanding views over the plains and valleys.
Rides & Rest Days
Rides will be fully guided, with local guides on some rides, and at the pace of the slowest rider. As the holiday is centre-based, you can also choose to spend a day at the beach or do your own thing.
Accommodation & Meals
This is a lovely cycling hotel in the heart of the chic resort of Riccione. It is fully equiped for cycling with bike garage, tools and guides. They will provide great Italian food and, as an extra, provide a cycling buffet after the rides. It is very close to the beach and has the benefit of heated outside pools and a spa.
One special part of Italian culture is the food. Each region has their own specialities, so if you have not been to Emiglia-Romagna before, look out for the different types of food. One similarity over the whole of Italy, is that the Italians really want to show off their culinary expertise and ensure their guests eat well. For that reason, vegetarians and vegans often get excellent food. Meals come in different courses - often four or even more. If the first course looks meagre, don’t worry, more is coming. Many of the dishes we know and love from Italian cooking come form this area, so you will be aware of many of them: tagliatelle, tortellini, capuletti (a smaller version of the tortellino), parma ham and parmesan cheese. Local types of salami and cheese are also highly regarded. Local wines include Colli Bolognesi (Colli means hills), Trebbiano Romagnolo and the well-known Sangiovese. Other wines include the slightly fizzy Bonarda and other classic wines, Merlot and Cabernet. The area’s soils and climate make for some lovely wines.
There is one flight per day from the UK to Rimini Airport. Bologna and Ancona Airports are further away, but vehicle transfer may be available for a small charge.
There are no flight arrangements included in the tour price, thus it is very important to note that neither the Tour Manager nor CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours are responsible for you in any way until the appointed time at the designated meeting point. Should you fail to arrive at the appointed time for whatever reason, we will not be responsible for any additional expenses you may incur in order to meet up with the tour group. Before finalising travel arrangements to meet the tour, you should ensure that you have read and understood our booking conditions. Should this tour not attract sufficient bookings to reach the minimum operating size, we may cancel the tour at any time up to 10 weeks before departure. It is therefore recommended that you book fully flexible and refundable transport and accommodation or wait until you know the tour is going ahead, as, in the event of the tour being cancelled, we will not be responsible for any losses incurred.
The maximum number of participants will be 30 excluding the Tour Manager.
Weather & Clothing
May is usually warm in central Italy, but rain can be expected and even snow on the higher mountains of the Apennines. Bring sufficient clothing for all eventualities.
Cycles & Equipment
A lightweight road bike or good audax / touring cycle is suitable for this tour. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. Some climbs are long, so a low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is recommended. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Manager. New tyres and tubes are recommended. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
You will not need to carry luggage, but a rack top pack or bar bag may be useful for carrying wet weather gear, spare clothing needed for the day, camera, snacks and your map. Helmets are your personal choice, as there is no legal requirement in Italy.
Maps & Guides
You should carry a map in case you become separated from the group. The Touring Club Italia map of Emilia Romagna is sufficient. All routes will have GPX files and route sheets provided prior to the tour.
Travel Insurance & Advice
In addition to travel insurance, EU nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card, obtainable from www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/. This enables you to take advantage of emergency medical services free or at a discount under a reciprocal provision that exists between EU member states. Your travel insurer may refuse to meet the extra costs of medical treatment if you do not carry this card. Before booking you should check the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or on 0845 850 2829.
The famous Nove Colli Granfondo sportive takes place on the Sunday. This is a spectacular mass participation ride that starts and finishes in Cesenatico. Nearly 15,000 riders tackle either a 140km or a 200km challenge ride. If you have entered this event (entries closed in November 2018) return vehicle transfers are included from the hotel.