Regular training advice is given on the exclusive CCC Forum, accessible only to registered CCC riders. Training sufficiently for these events is imperative to avoid injury, such is the intensity of the riding.
A special Ardennes Week is open to all, offering a great opportunity for CCC riders to meet up, as well as a real motivator to get on the bike in early spring.
Details are as follows :-HARD IN THE ARDENNES Ride & Race-watch 18 – 26th APRIL 2015
Saturday 18th April : Amstel sportive 120 /160 km
Sunday : Amstel Gold ride & race-watch : 150kms
Monday : La Roche-en-Ardenne & all the hills around. 170kms
Tuesday : Fleche Wallonne sportive. 150kms
Wednesday: Fleche Wallonne ride & race-watch : 160kms
Thursday : Velomediane sportive route : the BEST of all the local roads. 180kms
Friday : LBL taster : a warm-up for the real thing. 120kms
Saturday: LBL sportive 155 /275 kms
Sunday : 26th LBL race-watch (ride optional)
It is possible to join the event for part of it, if you are not able to free yourself up for the whole thing.
PRICES : the hotel we stay in (http://www.lapetiteourse.com ) has a degressive rate – 1 night half-board
71€ pp p night in twin room ; 7 nights 63€ pp per night. 20€ single room supp.
Support cost : tbc for 2015. entries to the sportives are not included in the overall price.
Phil Deeker, creator and organiser of the Cent Cols Challenge concept, lives in the Belgian Ardennes, six kms from La Roche-en-Ardenne. The area spoils cyclists with hills that provide perfect training rides. It is a region used for training by many domestic pro teams from northern Belgium and Holland. Phil lives on the route used by both the Liege Bastogne Liege race and the “Claude Criquelion Velomediane Sportive” – widely considered the toughest sportive in Belgium.