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100 cols, 10 days – are you ready for a unique journey that tests and builds the body and spirit in equal measure?
The Cent Cols Challenge is the brainchild of endurance rider Phil Deeker: his determination, commitment to riding and will to explore has created one of the ultimate tests of what is possible on a road bike. Cent Cols Challenges take place across Europe, criss-crossing entire mountain ranges to combine the classic routes and climbs from the Grand Tours with lesser-known back-country gems.
- Double-occupancy accommodation
- Support from Rapha staff on and off the bike
- Inspiring guides and reliable mechanical support
- Four-vehicle support caravan
- 12 nights’ accommodation
- Ride nutrition, breakfasts, roadside feed stops
- All but one evening meal
Airport transfers, flights, alcohol and limited single-occupancy accommodation are extra.
|Cent Cols Challenge Classics||21st - 28th May 2016||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo|
|Cent Cols Challenge Southern Alps||3rd - 14th June 2016||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo|
|Cent Cols Challenge Northern Alps||23rd Jul - 3rd August 2016||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo|
|Cent Cols Challenge Dolomites||28th Aug - 8th September 2016||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo|
|Cent Cols Challenge Pyrenees||13th - 24th September 2016||▲▲▲▲ Ultimo|
Who are Cent Cols Challenges for?
Because of the distances, and the huge physical and psychological challenge, the Cent Cols are only for the strongest and most experienced riders. On most days riders should expect at least 8-10 hours in the saddle, and to be self-sufficient for long periods of time. The remoteness of the terrain also means that accommodation and food are less luxurious than Rapha’s other trips. However, Phil Deeker and the Rapha team of guides, mechanics and soigneurs take care of all logistics and everything riders need, letting you focus your mind, and legs, on the cols.
It is usual that some riders don’t complete the parcours. But, thanks to the stunning settings and the camaraderie, and possibly to reserves they didn’t know they had, riders often find they rise to the demands of the trip and take their riding to a new level.
We recommend that you visit Phil Deeker’s Cent Cols Challenge website which explains in greater detail what is involved in these trips.