“ The CCC is an event I will never forget. The organisation of the event is what makes it so special. The route selection, the food, the desire to see everyone succeed. This is what the CCC is about. This is just part of why the CCC is like no other event in the world. “
REGISTRATION for the September CCC 2014 events is still open. Links to the Rapha online shop appear on each event page. Go to Registration for full details & prices. Scroll down to SEE DATES & DESTINATIONS FOR 2015.
CCC CORSICA Ridden. Voted by some, “the best CCC yet” (and confirmed by many as “ definitely hard enough” !) New for 2014, featuring a heady mix of wild mountainous roads and superb coastal roads leading to beach-location hotels. The ‘gentlest’ of all the CCC rides ! (See NEWS page for Phils’ November 2013 Reconnaissance Diary.)
CCC ALPS. Ridden. No tumbles. Lots of smiles (once the pain subsided !). Another epic journey completed & friendships made for life. Thanks again to all those who made this experience so rich. The roads and the mountains provide so much, but in the end it is up to the group of riders to each journey such a unique moment in our lives.
31/8 – 10 September : This event is now Sold Out. It will NOT be run in 2015 (2015 calendar full with new events : see below).
15 – 25 September “Backwards”. “Still my favourite location for the CCC concept”, (says Phil.)
“ Training for, and participating in this event has been quite a journey. One that has ignited our passion for cycling and shattered our perspective on what is possible. The sheer physical difficulty of the cumulative mileage and ascent we faced every day; the immense scenery; the personal mental battles to persevere when muscle pain, saddle sores and knee pain all conspired to make us want to stop; and the mutual respect and sense of connection amongst the group of riders and staff all combined to make such a rich and rewarding experience. This event will forever represent a pivotal experience that allowed us to discover the true essence of road cycling.Rapha as well will forever hold a place in our hearts as a brand at the core of this experience. “
“ What made the Cent Cols Challenge in the Pyrenees particularly unique however is not just the quality of the riding – but the people like yourself, Claire and the staff whose character, enthusiasm and passion made the experience exceptional. Your unbridled passion for cycling and the obvious time and effort that went into researching our route through the Pyrenees provided not just a phenomenal variety of terrain and scenery, but a sense of adventure and exploration. We both felt as if we were on a personal trip with close friends rather than a commercial enterprise.”
2015 Dates & New Events
CCC Corsica 18-28 May
CCC SOUTHERN ALPS (NEW) 7 – 17 June. (Nice to Nice) A chance to explore the southern part of this vast range in more detail. With a planned ‘Northern Alps’ to follow on from this in 2016, for those who are looking for an ‘Alpine Double’ treat.
CCC Pyrenees 30 August – 9 September. The 2014 route. (Rivesaltes to Rivesaltes). Proven magic, untouched by time.
CCC Cantabrico 14 – 24 September. (NEW). (Bilbao to Bilbao) The BIG climbs of the Vuelta and so many more. From the Basque Country to the Picos region and back. Guaranteed as hard as the Dolomites. Could be harder…..
CCC Cevennes to Cantal. (NEW) 29 September to 9 October ( Montpellier to Ste Etienne). Limited to 15 places, a very special ride through some of the wildest parts of France : Cevennes, Ardeche & the Monts du Cantal.
More details about all these events will be posted here later this year.