“ Riding a CCC gave me time to reflect on a lot of things in my life….Was it worth doing ? You bet it was !, and I would do it again in a heart beat !! Thank you Phil. I look at things [cycling ] a little differently now and I think so will some of the other guys!! Your events really prove that we are capable of doing a lot more than we think we can!!! I will be back.” (CCC rider, Cevennes 2015).
bq. “It took me months to say this after our first CCC, but it only took a few minutes of being away to come to the improbable conclusion this time: I miss everything about the CCC. I would drop everything in a second to get back out there with all of you to see what we can see, to ride from dawn to dark, to wake up each day convinced that there’s no way I’ll make it through another day, then finish each night with the certainty that tomorrow will be the end of me. But each day, it goes, and for the most part – it goes well, it goes happily, and I love it.” (Jered Gruber, professional cycling photographer.)
If you are thinking of registering for a Cent Cols Challenge, please take time to read through all the information on this site. These events have been called “life-changing” by many, a description that has not been chosen randomly!
MCC 2017 Events Difficulty rating :
>>> Level One : Corsica, Southern Alps, Cevennes : ideal for those who have never before ridden a CCC.
>>> Level Two : Appenini, Jura, East Pyrenees : tough rides (in superb new destinations) with less 14%+ gradient than Level Three events.
>>> Level Three : Dolomites, Northern Alps, West Pyrenees, Cantabrico : the toughest there is…..
For 2017 : see the “Ride of a Thousand Cols” page for details of the exceptional choice of CCC events.
“ I find these events go way beyond physical capabilities. You need to engage a mental attitude on par with the road ahead of you. Never expect or accept an easy option.” CCC rider Pyrenees 2014. “ Undertaking the CCC Sothern Alps (both the training and riding the event itself) has been a bit of a game changer for me. It really did challenge me, highlighting my weaknesses and limitations as a cyclist but at the same time it has given me great confidence and deepened my passion for the sport.” CCC S Alps rider 2015.
“ a CCC is not a souvenir magnet to fix on your fridge to show off, it’s a complete inner experience which only a few will manage to complete and fully understand. CCC does not happen outwards, it’s all inwards.”
“ The size of the field (15- 30 riders) and the half dozen staff means that by day three or so everybody knows everybody’s name and you really feel part of a close friendly group, trying to help everyone succeed. The organiser and his team have set it all up so well for us, without them, such a challenge would be impossible. We have done so many climbs, some were a breeze, some an almighty struggle and as with all the Cent Cols routes it’s the previously unknown climbs that highlight a day or the back roads we take. The event is so intense you have no time off the bike for anything other than to eat, sleep, endeavour to stay awake during the nightly briefing!” CCC rider 2014.
“ Phils’ infectious passion for the incomparable beauty and power of nature is an inspiration. This event proved to each of us how following your dream can ultimately bring fulfilment and success.” CCC S Alps rider 2015.
HARD IN THE ARDENNES Ride & Race-watch : Up to eight days of riding held every year in the second half of April.
2017 dates will be announced in November 2016