*Watch the film
“ Riding a CCC gave me time to reflect on a lot of things in my life….Was it worth doing ? You bet it was !, and I would do it again in a heart beat !! Thank you Phil. I look at things [cycling ] a little differently now and I think so will some of the other guys!! Your events really prove that we are capable of doing a lot more than we think we can!!! I will be back.”
If you are thinking of registering for a Cent Cols Challenge, please take time to read through all the information on this site. These events have been called “life-changing” by many, a description that has not been chosen randomly!
“The ninth CCC season is about to begin and I await this as eagerly as I did nine years ago. The mountains are there to keep us young in mind, even if we age so much faster than they do ! Sincere thanks to you all for keeping these events alive. “ Phil D.Cent Cols Challenges for 2018 are :-
>>> EVENT #1: 2 – 12 June (riding days)>> CCC Southern Alps . Led by Phil Deeker. 2018 will mark the fourth time this route has been followed. Starting and ending in Carros, Nice, the event follows a meandering route towards Provence, via the Gorges du Verdon, and the infamous stage 5 which includes a triple ascent of the Mont Ventoux. From here the route turns back Eastwards towards the High Alps and the thee toughest stages of the event, with an overnight stay in Cuneo, Italy. Full details : https://www.rapha.cc/eu/en/shop/s-alps-ccc/travel/T18092
>> EVENT #2 : 25-29 June (riding days)
>> NEW EVENT FOR 2018 : CCC Northern Alps ‘Base Camp’. Led by Phil Deeker : Five ‘loop ride’ days of HARD riding based at Belley, the heart of the “Tour de l’Ain” race. Includes 3 +5,000m days taking in a triple ascent stage of the Grand Colombier; an double ascent stage of the Mont du Chat; Mont Revard, Col du Granier, Col de Marocaz, and many many more. Days 1 & 5 consist of shorter rides but include tutorial sessions on stretching and auto-massage, as well as Q&A sessions on “how to ride a CCC and survive with a smile?” ( With Phil Deeker) Full details : https://www.rapha.cc/eu/en/shop/n-alps-cent-cols-challenge-training-camp/travel/T18093
>> EVENT #3 : 27 August to 6th September (riding days)
>> CCC East Pyrenees. Led by Phil Deeker : The ‘less tough’ of the two Pyrenees Pearls that were tested in 2017 on the Thousand Cols Ride. There two make up, in the words of Phil Deeker, “ the ultimate way to experience all aspects of the Pyrenees, the region that still remains my personal favourite for tough, but beautiful road riding”. This event starts & finishes in Girona, Spain, and includes a whole stage on the climbs of Andorra; three consecutive nights in Bagneres de Luchon, taking in all the local iconic climbs as well as many that you would never normally consider; and a final fabulous coastal stage along the French and Spanish vineyard-clad roads that treat us to stunning sea views. (With Phil Deeker) Full details : https://www.rapha.cc/eu/en/shop/e-pyrénées-ccc-%28w-phil-deeker%29/travel/T18094
>> EVENT #4 : 10 to 20 September (riding days)
>> CCC West Pyrenees. Led by Phil Deeker : The toughest of all the CCC’s, this is quite simply the ultimate CCC ride, with a bit of everything that is best about road riding in the mountains. Starting and ending in San Sebastian, the first three stages are pure Basque ‘Badness’, with many 20% climbs that will test all riders from the very outset. Mid-event we spend three consecutive nights in Argeles-Gazost, tackling some of the Giants as well as exploring the roads-less-ridden. Stage 6 is The Extreme CCC Stage, with 6,800m of climbing (with easy short-cuts for the less bold/insane!) The route also takes us over some truly epic Spanish climbs, such as the concrete-road Collada Aralar on stage 10. ( With Phil Deeker) Full details : https://www.rapha.cc/eu/en/shop/w-pyrénées-ccc-%28w-phil-deeker%29/travel/T18095
Both Pyrenees events include as many nights in Spain as they do in France, which illustrates how different these routes are to those on the original CCC Pyrenees events.
“ I find these events go way beyond physical capabilities. You need to engage a mental attitude on par with the road ahead of you. Never expect or accept an easy option.” CCC rider Pyrenees 2014. “ Undertaking the CCC Sothern Alps (both the training and riding the event itself) has been a bit of a game changer for me. It really did challenge me, highlighting my weaknesses and limitations as a cyclist but at the same time it has given me great confidence and deepened my passion for the sport.”
“ a CCC is not a souvenir magnet to fix on your fridge to show off, it’s a complete inner experience which only a few will manage to complete and fully understand. CCC does not happen outwards, it’s all inwards.”
“ Phils’ infectious passion for the incomparable beauty and power of nature is an inspiration. This event proved to each of us how following your dream can ultimately bring fulfilment and success.”
*Released on 18 March 2018 : see here the Rapha/Too Soon Too Late film about the Ride of a Thousand Cols : *
Events lined up for 2019 are :- (Dates to be confirmed soon.)
>> June : Appennini, Northern Alps
>> September : Dolomites, West Pyrenees.