The Cent Cols Challenge is organised in association with Rapha Travel. Rapha Travel will be managing the booking process and assisting Phil on-the-ground to make your Cent Cols Challenge experience as memorable as possible.
To book your place on the CCC with Rapha Travel visit : http://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/Travel/Cent-Cols-Challenges/travel/trip/centColsChallenges
Your booking is subject to Rapha Travel’s standard terms and conditions, which will be sent to you.
Price for 2017 : Rapha Travel and Phil Deeker are pleased to announce a special price for this unique year :- 3400€. This is a deliberate reduction in the price cf. 2016 (from 4600€ to 3400€) , hopefully helping to attract as many riders as possible to become part of this unique journey, but also due to a small reduction in support staff. Feeds will be perfectly adequate, but less “ornate” than usual!
THIS PRICE INCLUDES :-
- TWELVE nights accommodation, twin occupancy
- ALL breakfasts and evening MEALS at the hotel and restaurants
- Qualified MECHANICAL back-up, including spare parts and spare bikes.
- THREE roadside feed-stations per day offering creative, cycling-friendly real food with sheltered seating. Two snack-based feed-stops and one lunch feed, including energy bars & gels.
- Regular event updates and precious advice from Phil Deeker
THE PRICE DOES NOT COVER :-
- Flight transfers / travel to / from start hotel (This will be organized for you in the most cost-efficient way possible.)
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks with evening meals
- In the case of a crash incurring treatment for road-rash, or other minor accident treatment, you will be asked for a contribution towards excessive bandage use, etc.
Brief descriptions of each event :
- Corsica : (Level 1) Shorter climbs, less double-figure gradient, but incessant climbing on quiet roads with frequent coastal views. This island has a very unique character and a certain magic that will charm you forever. Two-night stays in hotels since every other day is a ‘loop stage’.
- Appennini (Level 2) Rolling roads alternate with some seriously steep climbs; the scenery is wild and beautiful; villages are as charming as you expect; some iconic Giro climbs feature her as well as some local ‘secrets’ for which the CCC is so well known! You will love Umbria even more than Tuscany !
- Dolomites (Level 3) The first of the “top shelf” CCC’s : this route has more double-figure climbs than sub-10%, but the drama, power and imposing presence of this area will be your generous reward. Weather conditions can be tough, but even when things are looking not so shiny, it takes a LOT to diminish the thrill of riding on these roads.
- Vosges / Jura (Level 2) Three countries in one event guarantee a wealth of variety both in roads, scenery and culture. From the French Vosges (visited once again by the Tour in 2017), to the German Black Forest (one of the most underrated cycling destinations in Europe) and then to the Swiss Jura, this new CCC destination promises to be a the surprise of the year. Those who risk choosing a destination they just don’t know enough about will be very well rewarded!
- Northern Alps (Level 3) Another BIG ride, taking on many lesser known climbs such as the Mont du Chat, on stage 1, (which was deemed one of the hardest of all by riders in 2016), as well as some of the Old Giants (Iseran, Galibier, etc.) This was run for the first time in 2016 and all riders confirmed that it was a quite unique approach to riding a relatively well-known area of European road climbs. See the stats, per day : there is a lot to get over here !
- Southern Alps (Level 1) Even though this event includes a 6000m ascent day (Ventoux Feast), overall this event is a good choice for those who have never ridden a CCC. The event works up slowly towards the two Queen stages in the second week, giving riders time for knees and back (and mind!) to get used to what is being asked of them. From Nice to Ventoux, and back via Italy, this route covers a great range of different landscapes.
- Cevennes (Massif Central) (Level 1) After two big days to open the event, the stages then become less demanding (by CCC standards!). This is undoubtedly the most picturesque of all the CCC’s: varied, remote, wild, beautiful, with roads plunging into gorges and then winding across plateaux. There is always an element of surprise on this ride. However overall, there is less steep gradient than usual, so again this is a good choice for a ‘CCC beginner’.
THE CHOICE OF TWO PYRENEES ROUTES AND ONE IN NORTHERN SPAIN TO CONCLUDE THIS EVENT IS NO COINCIDENCE. THE ROADS HERE ARE THE BEST POSSIBLE FOR ‘CCC RIDING’.
- Eastern Pyrenees (Level 2) Starting from Girona, and including six nights in Spain, this new approach to the wonderful Pyrenees includes many climbs from the Vuelta a Espana and the Vuelta de Catalunya, including very special roads in Andorra, and also covers some of the true Classics of the Tour such as the Port de Bales, Peyresourde, Port de Lers, etc. A VERY special ride with many ‘secret’ climbs as well.
- Western Pyrenees (Level 3) With three stages in the Basque Country as well as Pyrenes giants such as the Tourmalet, Bagargui, Hautacam, etc, this route is as hard as it can get. On the plateaux of Iraty the Pyrenees will leave no one untouched !
- Cantabrico (Level 3) : ridden in 2015 for the first time, this route is simply the best road riding experience the CCC could possible offer you. Vuelta climbs and ultra-steep ‘back-road climbs’ alternate to both challenge your furthest limits and astound you by the quality of roads and the remoteness of areas we cross. There could be no better head-liner act for this Ride of a Thousand Cols.