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Cent Cols Challenge Appennini

3rd - 15th juin 2017

  • Start Location LUCCA
  • End Location LUCCA
  • Av. Daily Distance 200 KM
  • Av. Daily Elevation 4,500 M
  • Days 13
  • Difficulty
100 cols, 10 days – a unique journey that tests and builds the body and spirit in equal measure.

The standard fare of classics and back-road ascents. Some steep roads, but less overall climbing than other options, all playing out in the stunning countryside of Tuscany and Umbria. This promises to be a stunning, picturesque route.

Single occupancy — 4 100 € per person
Double occupancy — 3 400 € per person

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Who is it for?

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 backcountry gems.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included.

How Hard is it?

Because of the distances, and the huge physical and psychological challenge, the Cent Cols are 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 on 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.

All Cent Cols Challenges include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Transfer day
Day 1 Lucca - Castiglione dei Pepoli 188 KM 4800 M
Day 2 Castiglione - Caprese Michelangelo 201 KM 4500 M
Day 3 Caprese M - Cagli 200 KM 4900 M
Day 4 Cagli - Accumoli 225 KM 5200 M
Day 5 Accumoli - Sulmona 220 KM 4500 M
Rest day
Day 6 Sulmona - Castel di Sangro 195 KM 4700 M
Day 7 Castel - L'Aquila 210 KM 3200 M
Day 8 Aquila - Todi 215 KM 3800 M
Day 9 Todi - Siena 213 KM 4200 M
Day 10 Siena - Lucca 193 KM 3300 M
Departure day Transfer day

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Arrival Day

Transfer day

Day 1

Lucca - Castiglione dei Pepoli

Distance

188 KM

Climbing

4800 M

Major Climbs

San Pellegrino, Passo delle Radici, Sestola

Day 2

Castiglione - Caprese Michelangelo

Distance

201 KM

Climbing

4500 M

Major Climbs

Passo delle Calla, Fangacci

Day 3

Caprese M - Cagli

Distance

200 KM

Climbing

4900 M

Major Climbs

Braccina, Viamaggio, Monte Carpegna,Monte Nerone, Monte Petrano

Day 4

Cagli - Accumoli

Distance

225 KM

Climbing

5200 M

Major Climbs

Monte Petrano, Passo Cornello, Forca della Spina

Day 5

Accumoli - Sulmona

Distance

220 KM

Climbing

4500 M

Major Climbs

Passo San Leonardo

Rest day

Day 6

Sulmona - Castel di Sangro

Distance

195 KM

Climbing

4700 M

Major Climbs

Passo San Leonardo, Blockhaus, Valico della Forchetta

Day 7

Castel - L'Aquila

Distance

210 KM

Climbing

3200 M

Major Climbs

Forca d'Acero

Day 8

Aquila - Todi

Distance

215 KM

Climbing

3800 M

Major Climbs

Sella di Leonessa

Day 9

Todi - Siena

Distance

213 KM

Climbing

4200 M

Major Climbs

Amiata

Day 10

Siena - Lucca

Distance

193 KM

Climbing

3300 M

Major Climbs

Prato di Calci

Departure day

Transfer day

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Customer Testimonials

I think what makes these rides so very special is the fact that Phil and Rapha Travel even dare to attempt them: on paper, they look ridiculous and in practice, they are just that - but also, somehow, possible. Most riders have reserves they never knew existed and Phil's planning and ability to improvise, results in the majority of riders completing stages and events beyond their wildest dreams.

— CCC rider, May 2016

My 6th CCC and the best. Outstanding route, comfortable hotels, great food and superb support staff.

— CCC Cantabrico 2015

FAQ

Am I strong enough for the trip?

All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Cent Cols Challenges are the toughest challenge. Our guides will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding, but you should be able to spend up to 10 hours in the saddle for multiple days.

How does payment work?

We ask all customers to pay a deposit (usually £500/$800/€650) when they book, which confirms their reservation. The balance is due 60 days before departure – we’ll get in touch to remind you when it’s time. If you book less than 60 days before departure, we’ll usually ask you to pay the full trip price upfront.

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