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    N. Alps Cent Cols Challenge Training Camp

    The stunning climbs and quiet roads of the Northern Alps.

    24th  - 30th June 2018

    N. Alps Cent Cols Challenge Training Camp

    This Training Camp is a twist on the traditional CCC formula, for those that wish to test the waters of a ten-day challenge. Based close to Chambéry, in the Northern Alps, we will have easy access to spectacular climbs which aren’t affected by changeable, high-altitude weather, giving riders the chance to put their climbing legs to the test without the worry of adverse conditions. To ease the burden of nightly transfers, the entire trip is based in one hotel, and stages one and five will be bookended by tutor-led sessions that teach the principles of stretching and active recovery. The climbs shouldn't be taken lightly - consider, for instance, the Mont du Chat, a long climb which stands over the Lac du Bourget, with an 8.7km section at 10% average gradient.

    Start Location
    BELLEY
    End Location
    BELLEY
    Av. Daily Distance
    200 KM
    Av. Daily Elevation
    4,500 M
    Days
    7
    Difficulty
    5/5

    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.

    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 Meet us at the hotel in Belley.
    Day 1 Lac du Bourget Loop 147.7 KM 3000 M
    Day 2 Northern Ain Climbs 216 KM 4600 M
    Day 3 Jura Giants (Queen Stage) 206 KM 5500 M
    Day 4 Mont du Chat Double 221 KM 5650 M
    Day 5 Chartreuse Cheese Tasting 157 KM 3200 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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