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Appennini Cent Cols Challenge

100 cols, 10 days – a unique journey that tests body and spirit.

25th mai - 6th juin 2019

Appennini Cent Cols Challenge

After the first edition in 2017, I am truly excited to be offering the CCC Appennini route again. Setting aside the Blockhaus, this ride includes few Grand Tour legends. Nor does it include any climbs higher than 1600m. What it does have is perhaps the greatest sense of a journey of any CCC, traversing a huge variety of landscapes and travelling roads that take us to some truly remote places. Gravel climbs feature throughout and are sometimes easier to ride than the rough tarmac typical of the poor Marche and Abruzzo regions we ride through. A route that’s a challenge not just in terms of its gradients. A true adventure.

– Phil Deeker
Cent Cols Challenge founder

Please visit centcolschallenge.com to see full details of each stage.

Start Location
LUCCA
End Location
LUCCA
Av. Daily Distance
200 KM
Av. Daily Elevation
4,500 M
Days
13
Difficulty
5/5

Please only pay the balance when prompted.

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This trip departs in less than 30 days. To enquire about a last minute booking please contact us.

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 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

  • Itinerary Overview
  • Full Itinerary
Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Transfer day
Day 1 Lucca - Castiglione dei Pepoli (Toscana/Emilia-Romagna) 207 KM 5300 M
Day 2 Castiglione – Pieve Santa Stefano (Emilia-Romagna/Toscana) 207 KM 4460 M
Day 3 Pieve Santa Stefano – Cagli (Marche) 175 KM 4500 M
Day 4 Cagli – Sarnano (Marche/Abruzzo) 187 KM 4300 M
Day 5 Sarnano – Popoli (Abruzzo) 230km 4600m
Rest Day
Day 6 Popoli - Castel di Sangro (Abruzzo) 201 KM 5100 M
Day 7 Castel - L'Aquila (Abruzzo) 211 KM 3800 M
Day 8 Aquila – Todi (Lazio / Umbria) 195 KM 3700 M
Day 9 Todi – Siena (Umbria/Toscana) 226 KM 4300 M
Day 10 Siena – Lucca (Toscana) 193 KM 3300 M
Departure day Transfer day

Please only pay the balance when prompted.

Request a call back

This trip departs in less than 30 days. To enquire about a last minute booking please contact us.

FAQ

  • 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.

  • 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 12 hours in the saddle for multiple days.

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