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Phil Deeker in conversation with The Cycling Podcast

Last summer saw Cent Cols Challenge-founder Phil Deeker embark on a seemingly impossible journey through Europe’s mountains, conquering 1,000 mountain passes, or ‘cols’, in just 100 days. Having started in Corsica in May, Phil completed his Ride of a Thousand Cols in early October, cresting his final summit in Cantabrico. This feat of endurance is made all the more impressive given that Phil planned and led each stage of the ten Cent Cols Challenges he rode, serving as an inspiration to those he rode alongside.


After some well earned rest and recovery, Phil joined us last November at Rapha London Soho for a Q&A session hosted by Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie of The Cycling Podcast. Phil reflected on the highs and lows of his incredible journey and spoke about the two charities that inspired him along the way.

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Cent Cols Challenge

Set your sights on a Cent Cols Challenge to pitch yourself against mythic climbs and discover roads less travelled from the Southern Alps to the Eastern and Western Pyrenees. This year, Phil will also ride a five-day Cent Cols Challenge Training Camp in the Northern Alps, offering an opportunity to test the waters of a ten-day challenge. Alternatively, for those seeking adventure on a slightly more relaxed agenda, the Belgian Classics Randonnée links point-to-point rides through many of cycling Spring Classic arenas.


Belgian Classics Randonnée

16th - 20th May 2018

Join Phil Deeker to discover the roads, culture and climbs that make Belgium's one-day races the envy of the world.

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S. Alps Cent Cols Challenge

1st - 13th June 2018

100 historic climbs and hidden gems in the Southern Alps.

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N. Alps Cent Cols Challenge Training Camp

24th - 30th June 2018

The stunning climbs and quiet roads of the Northern Alps.

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E. Pyrénées Cent Cols Challenge

26th August - 7th September 2018

A testing route that traverses the peaks separating France and Spain.

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Western Pyrénées

9th - 21st September 2018

An exacting trip which features one of the toughest Cent Cols stages ever.

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