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    Thinking of Bike Vacation in Riccione, IT

    A friend of mine and I were thinking of doing a biking vacaion in Riccione, IT the end of September. Just wondered if anyone has any info on Riccione or this part if Italy. It's part of a Souther California bike club that is spending a week at the Hotel Dory..

    Any info appreciated.

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    My wife and I spent a week in Riccione this May at the Belvedere bike hotel. Had a heck of a good time! We're going back next year.

    PM me with questions, be happy to answer.

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    why that region of Italy?

    I'd like to learn more about the bicycling in that part of Italy, and what was special about how hotel Belvedere organized the riding and other things --
    see please share your experiences publicly on the forum, not just private messages.

    From looking at the Belvedere hotel's website, it looks like a good approach to supporting a bicycling vacation. I think there's other hotels in other regions of Italy with similar programs, e.g. Veneto, Piemonte, Toscana.

    I've only done one short ride near the Adriatic coast (around Ravenna, which is a ways north from Riccione), and was not real impressed -- but I didn't have a local guide with a van to take Sharon and me around. The Cycling Italy guidebook from Lonely Planet has a multi-day tour that starts not far from Riccione, which is a hopeful sign for having good bicycle touring. For me another plus for the Adriatic coast region around Riccione is that it's not Tuscany.

    But I've had such great riding experiences in the northeastern "lobe" of Italy around Veneto and Südtirol / Alto Adige that I'd like to understand why I'd want to consider focusing a week on the Adriatic.

    Have you done much riding in other regions of Italy? or other countries in Europe? If so, what made that region around the Adriatic coast so special?

    One reaction I have to the original question from southern California is that the Adriatic coast seems like a long way to go to find a hotel near a beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Roberts View Post
    I'd like to learn more about the bicycling in that part of Italy, and what was special about how hotel Belvedere organized the riding and other things --
    see please share your experiences publicly on the forum, not just private messages.

    From looking at the Belvedere hotel's website, it looks like a good approach to supporting a bicycling vacation. I think there's other hotels in other regions of Italy with similar programs, e.g. Veneto, Piemonte, Toscana.

    I've only done one short ride near the Adriatic coast (around Ravenna, which is a ways north from Riccione), and was not real impressed -- but I didn't have a local guide with a van to take Sharon and me around. The Cycling Italy guidebook from Lonely Planet has a multi-day tour that starts not far from Riccione, which is a hopeful sign for having good bicycle touring. For me another plus for the Adriatic coast region around Riccione is that it's not Tuscany.

    But I've had such great riding experiences in the northeastern "lobe" of Italy around Veneto and Südtirol / Alto Adige that I'd like to understand why I'd want to consider focusing a week on the Adriatic.

    Have you done much riding in other regions of Italy? or other countries in Europe? If so, what made that region around the Adriatic coast so special?

    One reaction I have to the original question from southern California is that the Adriatic coast seems like a long way to go to find a hotel near a beach.

    Ken
    Well first, the Riccione/Rimini area is considered the Riviera of Italy, with about 20 miles of beaches and heavily used during the summertime. The European 'beach experience' is quite different than the SoCal beach experience; it's more of a social/party/shopping/getaway thing and they do it well there.

    The bicycling there is all up hill, literally. You start in Riccione and if you don't follow the coast line, you're going to go up hill. Marco Pantani was from Cesena, not too far from Riccione/Rimini and trained there, so there must be good riding in the area.

    Whether you like the cycling there depends on what you want. If you're looking to do something with epic mountain rides, that won't happen. Lots of tough climbs, tons of rollers if you want but nothing truly monster. All challenging, particularly when you're riding 100km a day for a week straight.

    What was special about the Belvedere was the whole 'experience'. The hotel and it's staff were absolutely first-class, the rides were well organized and led and the food was better than outstanding. If you can't bring your own bike, they rent DeRosas. Their well-organized daily tours are free, and offer everything from just sight-seeing on the 'Panoramic' tour to some very serious stuff on the 'Race' tour. Both my wife and I are cyclists, but the Belvedere caters to those 'significant others' who don't ride with programs and events to keep them happy and busy.

    Of all the bike hotels in Riccione, the Belvedere is acknowledged to be the best. I agree with that assessment, my wife and I have already booked our stay there for next year!
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    Couple of folks have e-mailed me and asked about the riding in the general Riccione area. Here is a link ( http://www.riccionebikehotels.it/en/percorsi.jsp )to the routes suggested by the Riccione Bike Hotels group.

    The riding in this area is very good. Scenic, challenging depending on the route, traffic is very mindful of cyclists and there's a zillion places to stop for espresso, pastries, pannini or whatever you may like.

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    I am doing this next year...

    http://www.gardabikehotel.it/SplashP...Bike/Index.htm

    Same hotel deal I believe..I have communicated with them many times so far.....I am looking in to renting a bike from there as well....A De Rosa Idol....wooohooo

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    I cycled two years ago in the region and it was marvellous: nature. mountains, visiting San Marino and Urbino (don't miss this jewel), the chaotic but in my view pretty safe traffic in the bigger towns. It's easy to do it on your own.

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    Bike East & West - has a tour of "Three Regions" of the Adriatic coast south of Riccione. Our clients include social cyclists, to Cat 5. Rides are from 40-60 miles day (As far as 90 miles if you desire). 12-18mph pace. Fast enough to enjoy the cycling - easy enough to really see Italia!

    We ride the regions of Marche, Emilia-Romagna, and stretch into Tuscany. We lodge in Euro 4-Star hotel on the beach, and are currently moving to expand our reach with lodging near the Tuscan border region to ride even deeper into "l'cuore di Toscana"! (the heart of Tuscany)

    Current program is planned for the final week of June, 2008. We would love to have you join us,

    Thomas
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