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Cent Cols Challenge Dolomites

17th - 29th giugno 2017

  • Start Location SAN PELLEGRINO
  • End Location SAN PELLEGRINO
  • 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 Dolomites are tough, steep and live up to their fierce reputation. Not a route for the faint hearted and one that delivers everything a Cent Cols Challenge was designed to be. This is one of the four most demanding Cent Cols and will be collectively ridden at an average speed of 20 km/h.

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 Meet us at the first night accommodation
Day 1 San Pellegrino Terme - Pieve di Ledro 198 KM 4700 M
Day 2 Pieve - Fiera di Primero 223 KM 5400 M
Day 3 Fiera - Tolmezzo 200 KM 5200 M
Day 4 Tolmezzo - Cortina 188 KM 5800 M
Day 5 Cortina - Canazei 170 KM 4900 M
Rest day
Day 6 Canazei - Levico Terme 190 KM 5100 M
Day 7 Levico - Castelvecchio 173 KM 4900 M
Day 8 Castelvecchio - Ponte Arche 205 KM 5570 M
Day 9 Ponte Arche - Tirana 195 KM 5100 M
Day 10 Tirana - San Pellegrino Terme 184 KM 4300 M
Departure day Transfer day

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Arrival Day

Meet us at the first night accommodation

Day 1

San Pellegrino Terme - Pieve di Ledro

A stunning opening stage, with a 26km climb after just 4km to open the show. The real feature of the day is the Passo Maniva, then a long descent to our lakeside hotel on the Lago di Ledro.

Distance

198 KM

Climbing

4700 M

Major Climbs

Passo San Zeno, Passo di Crocedomini

Day 2

Pieve - Fiera di Primero

Arriving at Lake Garda via the old corniche ‘road’, we are treated to superb views before we head north-east for our climbs. The star of the day is the climb towards Vignola, our first of many narrow roads that hairpins through dense woodland. A real treat.

Distance

223 KM

Climbing

5400 M

Major Climbs

Monte Bondone, Passo di Compet, Passo Brocon

Day 3

Fiera - Tolmezzo

Passo Cerada is literally our wake up call today, signalling we have arrived in the heart of the Dolomites. The famous rock skylines set the tone for some dramatic rides to follow. The stage ends with two fearsomely tough, steep climbs.

Distance

200 KM

Climbing

5200 M

Major Climbs

Passo Duran, Passo Cibiana

Day 4

Tolmezzo - Cortina

Monte Zoncolan, the ‘beast’ of the challenge comes 20km after breakfast and is the main feature of this epic stage. All other notions of steep will become relative after this one. The route continues almost to the Austrian border, then turns south to finish at a stunning lakeside hotel.

Distance

188 KM

Climbing

5800 M

Major Climbs

Zoncolan, Passo Ciampagiotto, Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Day 5

Cortina - Canazei

The Passo Giau, considered one of the most beautiful passes in Italy, is our opener but what follows will not disappoint. The Gardena and Sella passes can be enjoyed as examples of mountain perfection, and the Fedaia (Marmolada) is as brutal as they come.

Distance

170 KM

Climbing

4900 M

Major Climbs

Passo di Giau, Passo Falzarego, Passo Gardena

Rest day

Day 6

Canazei - Levico Terme

After a rest day in Canazei, in a hotel with full spa facilities, we begin to travel away from the mineral heart of the Dolomites. Towards the end of this stage the Passo Manghen steals the show, with a climb to match any other in the whole route.

Distance

190 KM

Climbing

5100 M

Major Climbs

Passo Ochini

Day 7

Levico - Castelvecchio

This is one of the most remote stages, with steep roads carved into the mountainside and wooded climbs on narrow, deserted roads. It also has the only uphill finish: a steep climb to the tiny village of Castelvecchio. Be warned, this was baptised ‘Little Zoncolan” by the CCC 2012 riders.

Distance

173 KM

Climbing

4900 M

Major Climbs

Passo di Valbona

Day 8

Castelvecchio - Ponte Arche

From the Veronese hills to the Lessini National Park, this stage takes us from woodland to barren, windswept highlands and back into the mountains. It contains two of the longest climbs (24km and 26km) as well as the two most dramatic descents of the whole event.

Distance

205 KM

Climbing

5570 M

Major Climbs

Passo Santa Barbara

Day 9

Ponte Arche - Tirana

Again, some superb classic climbs – the Aprica, Tonale and the easy side of the Mortirolo (the hard side is to come). If the weather permits, this stage will be revised to include the Passo Gavia.

Distance

195 KM

Climbing

5100 M

Major Climbs

Passo di Gavia

Day 10

Tirana - San Pellegrino Terme

A more vicious climb to start the final stage there could not be: the Mortirolo. Almost on a par with the Zoncolan, this climb is tough and steep all the way up. Another long descent takes us to one of the most beautiful climbs of the event: the Passo Vivione, and it is mainly downhill to loop back to our start town for the finish.

Distance

184 KM

Climbing

4300 M

Major Climbs

Mortirolo, Passo Vivione

Departure day

Transfer day

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Customer Testimonials

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

— CCC Cantabrico 2015

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

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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