Cent Cos Challenge West Pyrenees

San Sebastián, Spain

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Sep 16 - 26, 2019
Group size: 6 - 20
Cent Cos Challenge West Pyrenees
San Sebastián, Spain

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€3500
Deposit: €650
Sep 16 - 26, 2019
Group size: 6 - 20

About this trip

“Where the Basque Country meets the Iraty region, with it’s single track roads, open plateaux and gradient that can be as scary as it can painful, is a place where, alone on a bike, our crazy universe we live in somehow makes sense. The two mid-event stages, in the High Pyrenees, with over 6,000m of UP each and seperated by a rest day, most surely provide the ultimate dawn-to-dusk ride experience possible on a road bike. The modest and soulful architecture ; the nonchalant chimes of the cow and sheep bells ; the gushing chorus of running water in road-side streams and cascading waterfalls ; the total absence of  noisy towns to cross : all these combine to create a near sensorial overload ! The rough, technical and demanding nature of the riding itself, with roads that are often ‘tired’ and covered in animal ‘dejections’ is almost enhanced by the perfection of the natural surroundings. There are few places as good as this to ride…”

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    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
5 left
€4200
€3500
Deposit: €650

Twin-share room

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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.