Cent Cols Challenge Northern Alps

Grenoble, France

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Jun 19 - 29, 2019
Group size: 6 - 20
Cent Cols Challenge Northern Alps
Grenoble, France

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€3500
Deposit: €650
Jun 19 - 29, 2019
Group size: 6 - 20

About this trip

“If you are looking to enhance your collection of iconic road climbs seeped in Grand Tour history, then these ten stages will see you sorted for a while. Even though we also spend many kilometres on roads much less ridden. The French Alps do a good imitation of the Italian flair for roads that are ‘perfection-on-two-wheels’, and have also played host to so many of the legendary battles of the Tour de France. Every stage of this route contains at least one, usually several, of these reknowned climbs. But ‘the ones that the Tour missed’ are also threaded into the mix , as is the way on any CCC event. Giant cols such as the Galibier, the Alpe d’Huez and the Iseran stand out above pearls such as the Arpettaz, the Cyclotourists and the Mont Colombis , and yet the latter will be remembered just as fondly.  
This event includes many summits over 2,000m altitude which is usually a catalyst for drama – high passes rarely deliver a straight-forward ride. Often they will test your resistance to harsh conditions. Sometimes they will feed you war stories to dine out on. BUT always they will give you memories to treasure.”

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What’s included

  • 12 nights
    3
  • 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
  • Jersey
    Exclusive to CCC riders. Not for sale to public.
  • Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Drinks
    At evening meals clients will be expected to pay for their drinks.

Available Packages

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

Twin-share room

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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.