• Road Bike Holidays in Emilia Romagna •
We know you are among the most demanding of cyclists, loving a challenge and always in search of your best performance. Fear not, here in Emilia Romagna, where the mountains slope down towards the Adriatic Riviera, you will find exactly the right recipe.
Mythical ascents, passes, ups and downs, but also lots of flat land where you can restore your energy before confronting your next challenge.
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The countryside may seem gentle, but it can become gruelling when you venture inland.
For cycle-lovers, Cesenatico can certainly satisfy an appetite for climbs, re-tracing the routes of the Pirate, Marco Pantani, and the “Nove Colli” (Nine Hills) of the famous Gran Fondo: a favourite among cycling enthusiasts and cycle-tourists from all parts of the world.
But if you are not at peak of training, we suggest you try the “Mini Nove Colli” route.
For most visitors, it is the image of the sea that remains in the memory throughout the year, together with sunbathing, parties on the beach and those famous discos. For cycling enthusiasts, on the other hand, this place is a real Paradise, thanks to the ease of finding mountain routes to suit your style.
You can enjoy cycling along the Panoramic Road, a long natural terrace between Gabicce and Pesaro. The route involves a series of ups and downs, bends and double bends, with hills all around with clumps of maritime pines, scented linden trees and late-flowering broom. Alternatively, if you want a real challenge, you can press on to visit the harsh beauty of the Furlo Gorge, following the route of the old Via Flaminia, which linked the Adriatic coast to Rome.
Further on again, you can cross the Conca Valley, where your fatigue will be offset by the sight of wonderful historic villages, still preserving their original mediaeval features.
The valley is given over to sport and wellbeing, but in the outlying areas you will find some ascents and passes to really test your metal as climbers: long and short ascents, up and down sections, and fast, technical descents.
Take note of the following: the La Calla Pass, Pieve di Rivoschio, and the Sulparo Pass where, right at the top, you will find a monument to a cyclist and a plaque that reads: “Bella e impossibile di Romagna. Come un’amante prima ti affascino, poi mi odi, infine mi ami” (Romagna is both beautiful and impossible. It can be compared to a lover: first you like me, then you hate me, and finally you love me).
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