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    N. Alps Cent Cols Challenge

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

    18th  - 30th June 2019

    N. Alps Cent Cols Challenge

    France’s Northern Alps are home to some of cycling’s most famous high altitude amphitheatres, having played host to so many of the legendary battles of the country’s great race. Every stage of this route contains at least one, usually several, of these renowned climbs, but also adds a smattering of the region’s many lesser known ascents. This CCC includes many summits over 2,000m altitude, which is usually a catalyst for drama – high passes rarely deliver a straight-forward ride. Often they test your resistance to harsh conditions. Sometimes they feed you stories to dine out on. They always give memories to treasure.

    – Phil Deeker
    Cent Cols Challenge founder

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

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

    Please only pay the balance when prompted.

    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.
    Day 1 Grenoble to Belley 176 KM 5200 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
    Rest day
    Day 6 Sestriere - Gap 213 KM 5,250 M
    Day 7 Gap - Alpe d'Huez 202 KM 5,800 M
    Day 8 Alpe d'Huez Loop 207 KM 6,100 M
    Day 9 Alpe - Vassieux-en-Vercors 194 KM 3,700 M
    Day 10 Vassieux - Grenoble 172 KM 3,500 M
    Departure day Transfer day

    Please only pay the balance when prompted.

    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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    Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

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