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    S. Alps Cent Cols Challenge

    100 historic climbs and hidden gems in the Southern Alps.

    1st  - 13th June 2018

    S. Alps Cent Cols Challenge

    This Cent Cols Challenge works its way across the historic climbs of the Southern Alps, including a day scaling the various faces of Mt Ventoux - a stage that has proven to be a perennial favourite with riders. The route connects the most famous cols to rarely ridden gems, making use of seasonal mountain roads that rarely see traffic. Cent Cols Challenges have never been described as ‘easy,’ but this trip has been designed to be a degree less severe than the originals. In practice, this means 12-hour days, and a route designed to start on lower slopes and crescendo to three tough days in the High Alps.

    Start Location
    NICE
    End Location
    NICE
    Av. Daily Distance
    200 KM
    Av. Daily Elevation
    4,000 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 Meet us at the first night accomodation
    Day 1 Carros (Nice) Loop 198 KM 3,900 M
    Day 2 Carros - Castellane 200 KM 5,500 M
    Day 3 Castellane - Sisteron 186 KM 4,400 M
    Day 4 Sisteron - Vaison la Romaine 212 KM 4,100 M
    Day 5 Vaison La Romaine Loop 212 KM 5,900 M
    Rest day
    Day 6 Vaison La Romaine - Gap 200 KM 4,100 M
    Day 7 Gap - Barcelonette 202 KM 4,650 M
    Day 8 Barcelonette - Guillestre 191 KM 4,900 M
    Day 9 Guillestre - Cuneo 181 KM 4,600 M
    Day 10 Cuneo - Carros 145 KM 3,600 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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    Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

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