*Watch the film : *Released on 18 March 2018 : the Rapha/Too Soon Too Late film about the Ride of a Thousand Cols : *
https://pages.rapha.cc/feature/the-ride-of-a-thousand-cols*

“ 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 got off to a great start in the Alps. Now the CCC looks towards the Pyrenees for two of the hardest CCC events of them all. 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 remaining :-

>> 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

CCC EVENTS FOR 2019 ARE NOW CONFIRMED AS FOLLOWS (riding days) :-

>> June : APPENINI : 26 MAY TO 5 JUNE ; NORTHERN ALPS : 19 – 29 JUNE

>> September : DOLOMITES : 1 – 11 SEPTEMBER ; WEST PYRENEES 16 – 26 SEPTEMBER

The infamous “hARDENNES” event will also be held on the following dates : 20 – 27 APRIL 2019 and also on
6 -11 MAY. The first edition includes race-watching ; the second edition offers a shorter version (Monday – Saturday.) Both events offer the possibility of riding any or all of the stages. For full details, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

“ 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.”

To register your interest or for any questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) PLEASE READ AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ON THIS SITE BEFORE CONSIDERING RIDING ONE OF THESE CHALLENGES. THEY ARE TOUGH RIDES. YOU SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF DAWN-TO-DUSK RIDES MOST DAYS. YOU WILL BE TAKEN OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE ALL TOO OFTEN, BUT YOU WILL LEARN TO LOVE THAT !!

“ 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.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2016/nov/18/conquering-the-cent-cols-challenge-in-the-pyrenees-from-despair-to-defiance