A packed calendar guaranteed to thrill cycling and sport enthusiasts alike. The pinnacle of the racing season for next year is the world-famous Giro d’Italia with 3 stages in Emilia Romagna next 2020 crossing the region for the second year in a row. The beautiful region and its varied landscape provides the perfect terrain for riders of all levels, and together with bike tours organised by local companies, as well as clubs and professional cycling associations, the region is being increasingly known as a cycling destination.
The beautiful region of Emilia Romagna will be preparing to host thousands of cycling enthusiasts for an exciting calendar of events throughout the year!
The Giro Italia again! Next year, will be the 103nd edition of the Giro d’Italia, also known as the Corsa Rosa. Starting in Ungheria , is gonna come over again to Emilia Romagna for 3 amazing stages. On wednesday may 20th a spectacular arrival in Rimini in a special day dedicated to Federico Fellini at his 100th birthday’s celebrations. On thursday 21th the long awaited challenge stage Cesenatico-Cesenatico on the 200km Nove Colli route to celebrate the 50th granfondo’s edition. Friday 22th another bike day in Emilia Romagna with the stage starting from Cervia on a flat route, this section will thrill the sprinters.
Opening the cycling season for the region, Sunday, March the 1st, sees the 2020 edition of the Granfondo del Po which take place in Ferrara. After the success of last year, which saw more than 1,300 participants, the event has been included as a stop in the UNESCO Cycling Tour and Romagna Challenge circuits. The Ferrara race will once again see the start line located in the shadow of the Estense Castle towers, before offering two routes, one 134 km long and the other 81 km long. For more information, please visit: www.granfondodelpo.it/home.
he 25th edition of the “Davide Cassani” Granfondo takes place on Sunday 15 March. The race offers a spectacular 128km course, including an altitude difference of 2600m inland between Faenza and Imola. For more information, please visit: http://www.granfondodavidecassani.it/
Sunday april 19th is the date of 24rd edition Granfondo Selle Italia-La Via del Sale in Cervia. This race expects to see more than 5,000 amateur cyclists on the two routes: the 174km option with the ascents of Montefinocchio and Montepetra, and the 118km shorter route which will have its grand prize of the mountain on the Montevecchio-Cima Pantani. or more information, please visit http://granfondoviadelsale.com/.
On sunday april 26th another classic race take place in the region. The 36th edition of the Ten Hills of Bologna features the Giardini Margherita Park as both the start and finish point. The 132km long route will head along towards San Lazzaro and Val di Zena, and reach an altitude of 2376m. For less experienced cyclists, there is the alternative 82.74km route with an increase of around 1425 meters is also expected. For more information, please visit: www.diecicolli.it.
Sunday 17 May sees the town of Cattolica host the 6th edition of the Granfondo Squali, in collaboration with the bike hotels of Terrabici. Departing from the Aquarium of Cattolica and arriving at Gabicce Monte, the event sees more than 3,000 cyclists taking part. There are two routes on offer, the first, at a distance of 145km which traverses more than 20 villages in the region, and a shorter route of 80km, which has seen the Giro d’Italia pass through three times. For more information, please visit www.granfondosquali.it
Another exhilarating highlight of the season is the 50th edition of the Nove Colli di Cesenatico which will take place on Sunday 24 May. Over 12,000 participants come from more than 50 countries to take part in one of the two routes. The first, a 204km longer ride, and the second, will be a shorter 130km ride to accommodate several levels of cyclists. Collateral events will be organised to celebrate the anniversary. For more information, visit www.novecolli.it/.
On sunday june 7th is scheduled another great cycling event in Emilia Romagna with the II edition od the Ride Riccione http://www.granfondocittadiriccione.com/ a big festival dedicated to the cycling world and two amazing chellenges to ride: the long distance 155km with 3330 m elevation and the 110km with almost 2220m elevation!
On June 14th, the focus turns to Bagno di Romagna for the 10th edition of the Granfondo del Capitano, a spectacular 140km race with an altitude difference of 3100m in the splendid setting of the Casentinesi Forests. For more information, please visit: www.granfondodelcapitano.it
The II edition of Appenninica MTB Stage Race will take place in July 2020. This seven-stage mountain bike race will traverse the Apennines between Romagna and Emilia, and will depart from the Alta Via dei Parchi. The route will be approximately 600km and divide into seven stages with a total height difference of almost 20,000 metres. For more information, please visit: Info: www.appenninica-mtb.com and see www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN48wpIiqqI
The IRONMAN Italy and Challenge Riccione Triathlon events will see more than 7,000 athletes returning to Cervia also in 2020. IRONMAN Italy (https: //eu.ironman .com) already scheduled for the weekend of 19-20 September. In Riccione, the Challenge https://www.challenge-riccione.it/, confirmed (2500 athletes from all over the world in 2019) on 10 May 2020, a prestigious race of the international circuit on medium distance valid as qualification for the World Championship 2020 in Slovenia.
Finally, the Granfondo season in Emilia Romagna will end with the Granfondo “Marco Pantani” scheduled for Sunday 20 September. Departing from Cesenatico and offering two routes: the longer is 145km with an altitude difference of 2150m and the shorter 107km. For more information, please visit: http://gfmarcopantani.com/it