The Ride Of A Thousand Cols
Photography Robbrecht Desmet
Extraordinary mountain man and Cent Cols Challenge founder Phil Deeker has now completed his incredible journey across Europe’s most challenging roads, riding 1,000 mountain passes, or ‘cols’, in just 100 days.
Phil started in Corsica in May 2017 and after a long, long summer of riding he scaled the 1,000th climb in Cantabrico on Wednesday, 4th October 2017. Phil averaged 200km and 5,000m of climbing every day, totalling almost 20,000km and 500,000m of elevation. The numbers don’t do justice to the willpower required.
This accomplishment is made all the more impressive considering Phil has meticulously masterminded, planned and led each and every stage of the ten Cent Cols Challenges, sharing his passion and knowledge with over 200 riders in the process. It has been a remarkable way to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Phil has been inspired and motivated throughout this year by fundraising for two fantastic causes very close to his heart, Access Sport and Cancer Research. If you are inspired by Phil, please donate to show your support, more details below.
Rapha plans to tell the story of Phil’s Ride of a Thousand Cols in greater detail soon – for now please join us in congratulating this true inspiration and legend of climbing.
Show your support by donating to Phil’s chosen charities
Phil has been fundraising for two charities throughout his efforts, using this as a great source of inspiration and motivation to keep on riding up. Here’s what he says about each:
Stages 1-9: London BMX Project / Access Sport
This is a fantastic project, giving so-called ‘no-future’ kids a new perspective on life. Through dedicated commitment to sport, young people improve their self-esteem and gain a more positive outlook on their future.
Stage 10: Chris Combe CCC Cantabrico for Cancer Research.
Chris Combe is on the CCC ‘wall of fame’, having completed every kilometre of three CCC Challenges (Alps, Corsica and Cantabrico). He was signed up to ride two more this year, until he was diagnosed with a particularly harsh cancer (Lymphoma). This stage is dedicated to him.
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Join Phil on the road in 2018
The 2018 Cent Cols Challenge dates and destinations will be announced very soon.