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

phil deeker
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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
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€3500
Deposit: €650
Single Room
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€4200
Deposit: €650
€3500
Deposit: €650

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phil deeker
4 reviews
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.

Reviews

What an amazing event! A fantastic course, friendly and extremely helpful staff, wonderful hotels and a great group of riders. I will certainly be back!
A truly amazing experience! The Alps are truly magnificent and cycling them is the best way to feel and appreciate this epic landscape. Phil will encourage and inspire you to push yourself into achieving more than you think you are capable of and with his team of enthusiastic support staff to keep you well watered and fed and with excellent mechanical back up for your bike you're in the best possible hands to achieve what at first glance may seem impossible.
Experience of a lifetime! The Alps are absolutely an amazing place to cycle, the history, mystique, beauty. Phil is absolutely the best.
This was an epic journey of monumental proportions for the mind and body. The total experience was surreal and sublime, sometimes delirious but overall glorious. The weather was mostly bad, the road surface sometimes existed and the gradients and distance were infrequently normal.. The support team was saintly and the concept was neuroplastic.