PLACES FOR 2013 CCC EVENTS
NOW SOLD OUT
Sincere thanks and respect to all the 2012 CCC riders: you made the events very,very special and have yet again set a high bar of expectations for the CCC 2013’s!
All the routes for the Cent Cols Challenges are inspired by the original concept of the Randonnées Permanentes of the Club des Cent Cols, to whom I remain deeply grateful for their support and the studious research and creativity of the members who created them.
The 2013 programme looks like this:
- CCC Alps “backwards” (Nice – Annecy-Nice, new “improved” route anti-clockwise & including many new climbs) : 3-13 June
- CCC Dolomiti (with revised stage 9) : 2-12 September.
- CCC Pyrenees (with a totally new Stage 9 and a revised stage 10) : 16-26 September
DATES FOR 2014 : a provisional programme of events can now be seen on the News & Views page of this site. These dates should be confirmed in August 2013. No places can be booked yet for any of these events.
Quote of the year 2012, at the end of CCC Alps:
“I have ridden further and climbed more than I have ever done; ridden through some breath-taking scenery; and I have shared the road with some extraordinarily good people. Without exception. Am I glad it’s over? Yes. Did I feel like quitting entirely? Yes, frequently. Will I do it again? Try and stop me!
The Most F.A.Q. (by a long way!) : Do you think I could ride one of these events? Here is a quote from a CCC Pyrenees rider :
“The pyrennes are amazing and I think prettier than the Alps. Much less populated…
Phil is an amazing guy, a great host and the trip was brilliantly organised. Food incredible.
It is an experience you will never forget and you will come back stronger than you could imagine (and then lose it being a sloth like me).
It was incredibly hard…more from an endurance perspective. I am a shocking climber, and everyone agreed that from the very first climb I looked like I was about to fall off. I didn’t. I in fact ended up completing every climb.
My training was ‘reasonable’ but compromised by taking a month off with my wife and kids on a European trip, getting home about 5 weeks before the CCC…ie. no bike time at all for that month and an insatiable appetite which saw me kindly pile on about 7 kg just in time for the ride.
Three of us who did last years trip are going again (pyrennes again) as well as two other friends. All middle aged busy guys with families and a limited ability/time to train. All good humoured, passionate about riding, happy to take the piss out of each other and in possession of a seriously overblown estimate of our own physical abilities.
You will be fine and I promise you will not regret coming for one moment (although….maybe having slogged it to the top of the Tourmalet in the rain, dodging the great piles of sheep shit on the road, cold and sore and realising the days is only half over you might hate yourself).”