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.
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.
Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included.
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.
Double occupancy as standard
|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|
|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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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.
Passo San Zeno, Passo di Crocedomini
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.
Monte Bondone, Passo di Compet, Passo Brocon
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.
Passo Duran, Passo Cibiana
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.
Zoncolan, Passo Ciampagiotto, Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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.
Passo di Giau, Passo Falzarego, Passo Gardena
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.
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.
Passo di Valbona
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.
Passo Santa Barbara
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.
Passo di Gavia
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.
Mortirolo, Passo Vivione
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
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.
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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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)