Nove Colli Gran Fondo 2013
The Nove Colli Gran Fondo is one of Italy’s most famous cycling events and with over 12,000 riders predicted in 2013 it’s one of the most popular too. Nove Colli is Italian for Nine Hills and a quick glance at the route profile below confirms why.
The stunning scenery as you climb through Italian hills before descending back down the the Adriatic coast is one of many reasons why cyclists who love to travel should add the Nove Colli to the ‘to do’ list. Add in a splash of Italian wine, great food and a seaside resort steeped in the history of Marco Pantani, Fausto Coppi and four decades of hosting Gran Fondo’s and the Giro d’Italia and you have the recipe for a classic Italian Gran Fondo.
Nove Colli Event Details
- Date: Sunday 19th May 2013
- Distances: 200km (9 hills), 130km (4 hills)
- Climbing: 3,840m of climbing in the Gran Fondo
- Cyclists: 12,000+ cyclists take part annually
- Established since: The 2013 Nove Colli will be the 43rd edition with routes back as far as 1965
- Start: Cesenatico, Italy
- Finish: Cesenatico, Italy
- Nearest Airport: Bologna, Rimini and Forli airports are all convenient
- Accommodation: Cesenatico Tourist Office
Nove Colli Course Preview
Choose From Two Gran Fondo Distances
200km Nove Colli Gran Fondo
The full Nove Colli route covers the nine hills over 200km of beautiful undulating Italian countryside. This timeless Gran Fondo starts and finishes in the small and charming fishing port of Cesenatico on Italy’s stunning adriatic coast.
Whilst in comparison to the Alps or Pyrennes these are hills not cols, the steep gradients and repetition make this a tough test. Underestimate the Nove Colli at your peril, it requires you to follow a sportive training plan and keep your cycling fitness up during winter turbo training.
The Nove Colli is a great test of climbing cadence and bike handling skills as many of the hills feature consecutive hairpins both on ascent and descent. If you are planning taking on a classic sportive such as the Marmotte or Etape du Tour, then the Nove Colli would fit well in a sportive training schedule.
130km Nove Colli – 4 Hills
The shorter but still demanding 130km route features four of the famous nine hills and the same stunning views. Whilst for some the challenge will be to race around in a quick time, for the majority the pull of the Nove Colli is created by the classic Italian scenery as well as the delicious Italian food and wine.
If you choose to take on the shorter route you will miss none of the unique start and finish atmosphere as the 13om route also starts and finishes in the seaside resort of Cesenatico. Once you reach the summit of the fourth hill, Barbotto at 536m, you’ve broken the back of it. After 1,871m of hill climbing the final 36km is a downhill cruise through the Italian hills to the Adriatic sea. A well earned pizza and Italian red await you at the finish line.
Training for the Nove Colli
A 200km sportive in the Dolomites is a tough and fantastic cycling challenge to take on. The Nove Colli could be the highlight of your cycling season or an event that you ‘train through’ in order to reach a peak for an event later in the year. Either way, following a training plan and training consistently is the best way to build sportive fitness. Cycling over a saw tooth profile demands that you include some specific hill climbing in your training programme.
Sportive Training Tips
- Build your cycling fitness with a 12 week sportive training plan
- Join a cycling club and learn how to ride (and save energy) in a group
- A cycling holiday is a great way of building peak volume into your training plan
SwissRetreat Cycling Holidays
If you are taking part in the 2013 Nove Colli then why not add in the Cyclotour du Leman in nearby Switzerland and make it a sportive training holiday to remember? SwissRetreat’s Tour du Lac Léman holiday finishes with the Cyclotour du Leman sportive, taking place on Sunday 26th May – a week after the Nove Colli.
Useful Websites for the Nove Colli Gran Fondo
- Official website: Nove Colli
- Twitter feed: Join the conversation with the hashtag #novecolli
- Facebook Page: Meet other riders on the Nove Colli Facebook page
Photo credit: All photos supplied by Nove Colli and credited to Foto Studio 5