Every year thousands of cyclists participate in the classic Gran Fondo, a cycling tourism race. Both professional athletes and cycling enthusiasts, from all over Europe, meet up along the streets of the Romagna Apennines to pedal for 210 kilometers over nine hills with a maximum incline of 18% on the legendary Barbotto.
This racing route, which also has a 130 km alternative version for "lazy" amateur cyclists, is dotted with beautiful landscapes and towns great for training or bicycle outings during the whole year.
As is the tradition, there will be nine food stands along the route, where participants can get back their strength with traditional products, including fresh pasta dishes and gluten free foods.
The "Nove Colli", or nine hills, has also given rise to a series of very interesting events which will enliven this weekend dedicated to cycling, both for those participating in the race as well as for those who have come along just to see it. You can get a little tan and try out some great seafood dishes.
A whole weekend dedicated to bicycling with a packed calendar of events is what makes Gran Fondo so special. Also for the 2020 edition the international participation will be high with 12,000 athletes from over 40 different countries.
210 km, change in sea level 3840 m – maximum time 12 hours
Starting and ending in Cesenatico, it passes through the towns of Cesena, Forlimpopoli, Bertinoro, Polenta, Fratta, Meldola, Pieve di Rivoschio, San Romano, Ciola, Mercato Saraceno, Barbotto, Sogliano al Rubicone, Ponte Uso, Monte Tiffi, Perticara, Novafeltria (Bivio Sartiano), Ponte Baffone, Maiolo, Monte Pugliano, San Leo, Secchiano, Passo delle Siepi, Ponte Uso, Gorolo, Borghi, Savignano sul Rubicone, Gatteo, Sala and Cesenatico.
130 km, crossing four hills, 1871 m – maximum time 7.5 hours.
Also starting and arriving in Cesenatico, it passes through the towns of Cesena, Forlimpopoli, Bertinoro, Polenta, Fratta, Meldola, Pieve di Rivoschio, San Romano, Ciola, Mercato Saraceno, Barbotto, and Sogliano.