Cent Cols Challenge Appennini

Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy

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May 26 - Jun 5, 2019
Group size: 6 - 20
Cent Cols Challenge Appennini
Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy

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€3500
Deposit: €650
May 26 - Jun 5, 2019
Group size: 6 - 20

About this trip

"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.

What’s included

  • Accmmodation
    12 nights in 3 star hotels
  • Food
    All meals, apart from lunch on the Rest Day, as well as two roadside feeds mid-stages
  • Ride Support
    Luggage transfer, mechanic, support staff
  • Pre-Event advice
    Monthly Newsletters advising on all aspects of the event.
  • Jersey
    Exclusive to CCC riders. Not for sale to public.
  • Flights
  • Airport Transfer
  • Drinks
    At evening meals clients will be expected to pay for their drinks.

Available Packages

Twin-share room
€3500
Deposit: €650
Single room
€4200
Deposit: €650

Available options

Single Room6 left
€700
€3500
Deposit: €650

Twin-share room

Your Organizer


pd
phil deeker
We do not come to conquer mountains, we come to meet them. They will always be greater than us. There will always be another one to climb. We often give animalistic adjectives to climbs in order to ‘honour’ them; beast, brutal, savage. Those who ‘conquer’ them are praised as being ‘animals’ or ‘machines’. I can’t relate to any of this. I neither seek to smash a climb nor trash myself. Quite the contrary: I seek to reach the top feeling that I have ridden well, feel strong and can look forward to the next one. I focus on forgetting myself: absorbing myself in the smells, the light, the views, and my own sensations. It’s all part of an incessant dialogue between myself and my surroundings. I’m a romantic, albeit a very stubborn one. I’m in love with the beauty of the climb and the places that it takes us. Moments of liberating happiness only occur when one is locked into the present moment. Digging deep into one’s own reserves helps us to do that.