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    E. Pyrénées Cent Cols Challenge

    A testing route that traverses the peaks separating France and Spain.

    26th August - 7th September 2018

    E. Pyrénées Cent Cols Challenge

    The Pyrenees are stark mountains, their steep inclines and exposed faces serving as the dividing line between France and Spain. The Cent Cols Challenge East Pyrenees starts in the ancient Catalan city of Girona, the chosen home of many professional riders, works its way north to the principality of Andorra, and then heads to the French climbs made famous by the world’s greatest races. It goes without saying that the Pyrenean gradients make this one of the toughest Cent Cols Challenges.

    Single occupancy — NOK38,500 per person

    Double occupancy — NOK32,100 per person

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

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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 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 first night accommodation
    Day 1 Girona Loop 205 KM 2,800 M
    Day 2 Girona - La Molina (Spain) 196 KM 4,600 M
    Day 3 Molina - Andorra 204 KM 4,500 M
    Day 4 Andorra - Sort (Spain) 200 KM 5,400 M
    Day 5 Sort - Bagneres de Luchon 177 KM 5,400 M
    Rest Day
    Day 6 Luchon Loop 199 KM 5,200 M
    Day 7 Luchon - Oust 209 KM 5,500 M
    Day 8 Oust - Ax-les-Thermes 202 KM 4,700 M
    Day 9 Ax les Thermes - Amelie les Bains 184 KM 4,700 M
    Day 10 Amelie les Bains - Girona 197 KM 3,300 M
    Departure day Transfer day

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    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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