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Cycling holidays in Riccione with guided rides

When tradition in hospitality meets sport, Hotel Gran San Bernardo is unsurpassed in it’s proven readiness to offer cyclists the best quality in hotel services thanks to a very extensive experience gained over many years hosting sports-minded endeavors.

Professionalism, accuracy, competence and passion for cycling, combined with the innate characteristics of Mrs. Kelly the owner, will astonish cyclists that wisely choose our hotel for their cycling vacation. Cyclists will be hosted by a seasoned, efficient and sports-minded staff, uniquely able to assist them before, during, and after their daily adventures.

In particular, Mrs. Kelly, thanks to her experience in hosting professional cycling teams of the World Tour, and supported by her expert guides, organizes the best cycle rides suited to all levels of cyclists, from leisure cycling to competitive racers in preparation for upcoming events.
Moreover, at Hotel Gran San Bernardo, clubs members and teams continually find the best and most professional assistance for the organization of their custom made camps.

GUIDED RIDES

Our inlands are characterized by rolling hills and climbs that are well suited to cyclists that have a good base preparation. Although Riccione is located at sea level, within fifteen minutes of your ride riders will commence encounters with various degrees of difficulty. Indeed, precisely because of the nature of the hilly and mountainous terrain, we recommend dozens of routes to cyclists looking for long moderate to steep small ring climbs, many of which are incorporated in stages of the Giro d’Italia.

The group rides organized by us are basically two, the ‘Dolphin’ group and the ‘Shark' group which are tailored according cyclists’ athletic level.
The "Dolphin" group covers a daily distance of medium difficulty between 60 and 80 km and consists of cyclists with a very good level of preparation.
The "Shark" group gathers athletes with more competitive characteristics, best suited for category 1 – 3 riders and able to cover 100+ km a day on challenging courses at a hard and attacking tempo with alternating climbs and fast switchback descents.

Rides depart and finish at the hotel as they are loop rides. Organized group rides leave the hotel after a hearty breakfast and are lead by our skilled guides Agostino and Davis who will, thanks to their knowledge of the region and vast experience, guide you with great competence and exceed the group members daily expectations. The return from the daily adventure is usually scheduled between 2 and 3 pm, depending on the length of the rides, and upon their arrival, cyclists can enjoy a rich replenishing buffet to refuel and aid their recovery with the right amount of carbohydrates and proteins.

LA DOLCE VITA

Romagna is not only a region where cycling is a deep-rooted passion and a widely practiced sport. The region is also a land of traditions, tastes, history, culture, art, good food and good wine. This is why when people come to Romagna for a cycling holiday they want to grasp fully with all their senses what this wonderful region offers, without missing anything and experience La Dolce Vita from the first to the last day of their stay.

Our entire staff at Hotel Gran San Bernardo have a unique ability to always turn a simple cycling holiday into a unique and unforgettable experience.

During rides it’s a must to stop at a panoramic vista to immortalize the moment in a photo, or a pause for a cappuccino in the lovely square in San Leo or a stop for a delicious gelato at the shadow of the rock face of San Marino. We also schedule visits to the Olive Mill Renzi and its olive plantation with centennial trees in Montgridolfo; the Pascucci roasting factory in Montecerignone; the ancient mill of Mondaino with its cheese pits and also a visit to an organic vineyard with wine tasting. These are just some of our interesting activities that bring our cyclists to a closer encounter with our culture and traditions making them live a unique and exciting experience that many have and you will definitely want to repeat.



OUR FINE FOOD

Nutrition active sports enthusiasts is very important, inclusive of the right amount of and balance of healthy calories, hydration, carbohydrates and protein to support physical activity and muscle replenishment.

Breakfast an important moment of the daily nutrition and our morning buffet offers a wide selection of cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, natural juices, fruit tarts, cakes and homemade pastries, cheese and fresh meats rich in proteins and minerals so essential to the athlete.

To avoid running out of energy during rides, in addition to any personal use supplements, we usually provide riders a ham sandwich and a banana to be consumed along the way.

Upon return to the hotel, a rich buffet will help commence rejuvination lost in the daily ride. Pasta is always present in abundance, both cold and hot, along with cheese, meat, raw and cooked vegetables, salads and fresh fruit.

Dinner time, usually commencing at 7:30pm, is the highlight of the evening with many convivial moments of aggregation for all cyclists to chat about the day’s sights, sounds and challenges all while enjoying a good meal and drinking a good glass of wine. Dinner at Gran San Bernardo is a "prize" to the many energies employed and the many hardships overcome, therefore we welcome our cyclists with a rich buffet of starters and appetizers, pizza, piadina, bruschetta, seafood salads, casseroles, vegetable and lots of delicious dishes that are a feast for the eyes and a treat for the palate. To follow, a main course with a wide choice of soups, lasagna, ravioli, home made pasta, cannelloni or early fish dishes followed by a second course of roasted meat, scaloppini or all sorts of fish... In short, one specialty after another of our cuisine is joyfully presented, carefully prepared with fantasy by our Chef Alessandro and served with much refinement.
But that's not all, to crown an absolutely amazing dinner, a wide variety of cakes and desserts will be presented and assuredly be absolutely impossible to resist...

SERVICES (some at additional fee)
  • Two daily group rides of different levels
  • Guides for the rides
  • Detailed maps of the routes
  • Store room for bicycles
  • Tools for small repairs
  • Dressing corner
  • Laundry service for technical clothing
  • Ham sandwich and banana to take away
  • Bicycle wash point
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Masseur
  • WiFi in common areas
  • Internet Point
  • Car rental
  • Shuttle service from/to airport and train station
  • Visits to places of interests as olive plantation, roasting factory, cheese pits, organic vineyard in the hinterland
  • Watch stage(s) of the Giro d’Italia along the course
  • Giro d’Italia VIP ticket for arrival or stage departure
  • Entry in the Gran Fondo Nove Colli
  • Excursions to artistic cities and shopping outlets, hotel reservations in other cities
  • Side activities for spouses and non riding companions
WORLD TOUR TEAMS

Professional riders are at home at Hotel Gran San Bernardo, this is why it might also happen to have your breakfast or dinner table next to Fabian Cancellara and teammates, Cadel Evans, Dan Martin, Alexander Kolobnev, Levi Leipheimer, or cross cyclist Giovanni Visconti.
Also former pro riders from the illustrious past as Claudio Chiappucci or even the world cycling legend Eddy Merckx are often guests of Hotel Gran San Bernardo, rightly referred to as the Temple of cycling, where passing the most famous riders and the best teams in the international scene is a common experience.

Many professional teams and riders that compete in the UCI World Tour calendar request us as a base for their trainings and also when they compete in our area because they always find a warm welcome and impeccable organization that always meets and exceed their requirements.

Professionalism, expertise, availability, flexibility and a kitchen designed to meet pro riders needs, are just some of the reasons for which Hotel Gran San Bernardo is so famous and sought after by professional teams, and this of course fills us with lots of pride!