"This ride includes few Grand Tour legends. Neither does it include many climbs higher than 1600m. Nor does it have many kilometres of that perfect, smooth, dark Italian tarmac. What it does have, though, is perhaps the greatest sense of ‘journey’ of any CCC. The landscape is so varied. The roads take us to some very remote places ; gravel climbs and 'poor tarmac' are all part of the challenge. The Gran Sasso opens it’s roads to us on two stages. For these days alone this trip will prove to be unforgettable. Apart from one stage in the reassuring ‘civilised’ beauty of Tuscany, the rest of this event scares and excites me equally, as an organiser and a rider, such is the unusual, and unpredictable nature of this part of Italy. Truly a voyage of discovery : the perfect way to illustrate what a Cent Cols Challenge is all about." Phil Deeker, Creator and Organiser of Cent Cols Challenge.