Amateur cycling races

La Magnifica Bianchi Gran Fondo

la-magnifica-2September 15th 2013

La Magnifica Bianchi Granfondo is a unique cycle-tourism event, and this year it is being staged in collaboration with the famous Bianchi brand, an international leader in the world of bicycles. The competition is special in that it includes routes which are technically very varied, ranging from metaled or unmade roads to country lanes, and because it makes use of alternative or unusual itineraries.  It also differs in that it finishes in a velodrome (at Forlì).

The event attracts many cycling enthusiasts, taking them right into the heart of the Romagna countryside to explore the history and beauty of some wonderful locations and landscapes. In the context of cycle-tourism in Emilia Romagna, the Magnifica occupies pride of place.

The competition involves two routes, starting from Piazza Saffi in Forlì. The 223-kilometre lungo fondo differs from last year’s itinerary in that the section from Montetiffi to Talamello will be run on a gravel road, to then re-join the metaled road to Perticara.

As far as San Marino, the route is the same as last year, arriving at the entrance gate to the Republic and then following the old route through Ponte Verucchio, Torriana, Borghi, and finally Forlì.

On the other hand, the 136-kilometre medio fondo starts with a level 30-km section along the Via Emilia, to then follow the same route as last year to the Monticelli junction. The first ascent will be Santa Maria Rio Petra. The itinerary mimics that of 2012 until the climb to the top of Montetiffi. At this point, after a descent of only about 300 metres, you reach the division between the long and short routes. This year, the ascent of Massamanente will follow a gravel rather than metaled road, leading to the top of the Grillo Pass.

September is the perfect month for a cycling holiday. You can choose your accommodation from among the many hotels for cyclists in Emilia Romagna and head off to explore a unique and very evocative landscape. The passion and expertise of real cycling enthusiasts has helped make our Emilia Romagna bike hotels among the very best in terms of the range and quality of services on offer to cyclists.

Giro del Veneto

giro-venetoAugust 31st 2013

This year’s edition of the Giro del Veneto will start and finish in Padua, with participants riding through the Euganean Hills. Last year, the Giro started from Abano and successfully promoted not only cycle-tourism in Veneto, but also the well-known spa centres of Abano and Montegrotto.

There are many delightful cycle itineraries in Veneto but this event has done much to highlight the Treviso area, especially sections such as those around Montello and the finishes in the Piave District of Treviso and Piazza Giorgione in Castelfranco. For your cycling holiday, why not explore our bike hotels in Veneto and our specialist services for cyclists. 

Stelvio Bike

stelvio-bikeAugust 31st 2013

Stelvio Bike is a delightful event which follows the famous route of the Stelvio Pass: an itinerary sure to impress anyone who enjoys cycle-tourism in Trentino. The competition involves cycling through the heart of the Stelvio National Park, along roads closed to traffic for the occasion. The riders have to negotiate 48 difficult bends before reaching the Stelvio Pass at a height of 2,757 metres.

If you would like to explore the Alta Valtellina region by mountain bike, come on a cycling holiday to Trentino. When you stay in one of our hotels for cyclists in Trentino, you will find bike services, guides, and routes for every level of expertise.

Giro delle Alpi Apuane

alpi-apuaneJune 16th 2013

The Giro delle Alpi Apuane is a true classic in Tuscany having now reached its 42nd edition, an amateur competition which attracts cyclists from all over Italy. A cycling trip around Tuscany is really an unforgettable experience, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty, flavours and traditions of a very special region. There are many cycle itineraries in Tuscany suitable for every level of expertise, from beginners to skilled riders. Our hotels for cyclists in Tuscanyare ready to welcome you, with specialized services and a range of excellent cycle tours.

Gran Fondo città di Teramo

gran-fondo-teramoJune 23rd 2013

Abruzzo is a really wonderful region and the Teramo Gran Fondo provides an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to explore this area.  This road bike classic is still relatively young, having just reached its 4th edition, but has seen more enthusiastic public participation every year. The cycle routes in Abruzzo involve two different itineraries: one difficult and one easier, varying in length and with different changes in level. However, they both pass through certain specific locations, where you can take advantage of the expert services of our hotels for cyclist in Abruzzo.

We look forward to seeing you at the Teramo Gran Fondo, and hope you enjoy a fantastic cycling holiday in Abruzzo.