“ Riding a CCC gave me time to reflect on a lot of things in my life….Was it worth doing ? You bet it was !, and I would do it again in a heart beat !! Thank you Phil. I look at things [cycling ] a little differently now and I think so will some of the other guys!! Your events really prove that we are capable of doing a lot more than we think we can!!! I will be back.” (CCC rider, Cevennes 2015).
bq. “It took me months to say this after our first CCC, but it only took a few minutes of being away to come to the improbable conclusion this time: I miss everything about the CCC. I would drop everything in a second to get back out there with all of you to see what we can see, to ride from dawn to dark, to wake up each day convinced that there’s no way I’ll make it through another day, then finish each night with the certainty that tomorrow will be the end of me. But each day, it goes, and for the most part – it goes well, it goes happily, and I love it.” (Jered Gruber, professional cycling photographer.)
If you are thinking of registering for a Cent Cols Challenge, please take time to read through all the information on this site. These events have been called “life-changing” by many, a description that has not been chosen randomly!
h2.“The Ride of a Thousand Cols” 2017 Events Difficulty rating :
>>> Level One : Corsica, Southern Alps, Cevennes : ideal for those who have never before ridden a CCC.
>>> Level Two : Appenini ( SOLD OUT), Jura, East Pyrenees : tough rides (in superb new destinations) with less 14%+ gradient than Level Three events.
>>> Level Three : Dolomites, Northern Alps, West Pyrenees, Cantabrico (SOLD OUT) : the toughest there is…..
For 2017 : see the “Ride of a Thousand Cols” page for details of the exceptional choice of CCC events.
“ I find these events go way beyond physical capabilities. You need to engage a mental attitude on par with the road ahead of you. Never expect or accept an easy option.” CCC rider Pyrenees 2014. “ Undertaking the CCC Sothern Alps (both the training and riding the event itself) has been a bit of a game changer for me. It really did challenge me, highlighting my weaknesses and limitations as a cyclist but at the same time it has given me great confidence and deepened my passion for the sport.” CCC S Alps rider 2015.
“ a CCC is not a souvenir magnet to fix on your fridge to show off, it’s a complete inner experience which only a few will manage to complete and fully understand. CCC does not happen outwards, it’s all inwards.”
“ The size of the field (15- 30 riders) and the half dozen staff means that by day three or so everybody knows everybody’s name and you really feel part of a close friendly group, trying to help everyone succeed. The organiser and his team have set it all up so well for us, without them, such a challenge would be impossible. We have done so many climbs, some were a breeze, some an almighty struggle and as with all the Cent Cols routes it’s the previously unknown climbs that highlight a day or the back roads we take. The event is so intense you have no time off the bike for anything other than to eat, sleep, endeavour to stay awake during the nightly briefing!” CCC rider 2014.
“ Phils’ infectious passion for the incomparable beauty and power of nature is an inspiration. This event proved to each of us how following your dream can ultimately bring fulfilment and success.” CCC S Alps rider 2015.
HARDENNES – Ride and Race-Watch. the ideal Spring Wake-up ride. A block of “serious” riding on the best of the Ardennes roads. This is the programme for 2017 :-
The traditional « CCC way » of celebrating the Ardennes Classics is going a step higher this year to mark the 10th CCC anniversary year. The highlight of this unique week will be a brand new route : the « L-B-L-V-L », a two-stage 500km / 10,000 vertical-metre ride, from Liege to Luxembourg and back, to coincide with the ‘traditional’ LBL sportive Challenge.
➢ Riders are based at a modest, very cycling-friendly hotel near Phil Deeker’s house. All rides will leave from the hotel, except for the LBLVL part 2.
➢ Riders book & pay for the hotel themselves. (http://www.lapetiteourse.com/pages/index.nl.html) A modest fee is asked for on a per-day basis to cover van, food & staff costs. This will depend on the number of riders but will be approxiamtely 25€ per day. TBC nearer the time.
➢ Possibilty of riding anything from one to all days.
Full Ride Programme :-
DAY ONE :Saturday 15th April (Easter weekend) : a relatively gentle 140km / 2500m local loop-ride to acclimatise.
DAY TWO : Sunday 16th April : 230km / 3,400m –loop-ride to the Amstel Gold race to race-watch & climb some of the best ‘bergs’ just before or just after the actual race. A full-on Amstel experience.
DAY THREE : Monday 17th April : 160km / 3000m – loop-ride to Malmedy and it’s cruelest climbs.
DAY FOUR : Tuesday 18th April : 260km / 3500m – loop-ride including the Mur d’Huy and the main Fleche Wallonne climbs. A first taste of the ‘Classics distance’ on mainly rolling , quiet roads. Very scenic route across the rich farming area near Namur, before we tackle the Mur d’Huy and head back into the wilder Ardennes hills.
DAY FIVE : Wednesday 19th April : 120km /2500m – loop-ride to the Mur d’Huy & watch the pro women ride « Le Mur » twice & the pro men three times. Giant screen, beer & frites help make this an exceptional experience.
DAY SIX : Thursday 20th April : 180km / 3000m – a loop-ride centred around La Roche –en-Ardenne and it’s many climbs. Keeping the climbing legs in shape for the next two days, exploring roads that explain wht this is the most popular area in the Ardenes for cycling.
DAY SEVEN : Friday 21st April : 250km / 5000m : PART ONE of the inaugural « L-B-L-V-L » route. After a hilly loop , from and back to, the hotel, (which offers some riders a chance to reduce the ride by 45kms !), we head down to Bastogne via some of the steepest climbs around. Once into Luxembourg, nothing gets easier, but the roads offer perfect tarmac and the scenery becomes even more captivating. Our hotel for the night is hidden away in the heart of the most charming area of Luxembourg. Visited by the Tour in 2017, Luxembourg may well at last find some of it’s deserved acclaim.
DAY EIGHT : Saturday 22nd April : 250km / 5000m : PART TWO. Another tough route back through Luxembourg and into Germany for a couple of fine climbs before we hit the more familar roads of the traditional LBL route. We will weave our way on and off the course, as 1000’s of other riders take part in the « official » LBL sportive.
DAY NINE : Sunday 23rd April : ride & watch LBL pro race.