65 NEW CCC stages (in seven separate events) to celebrate Phil’s 65th year and his retirement from the “CCC stage”. Starting in February 2020, details of stages 1-65 will be revealed here. One stage per week (Elevation stats will often read incorrectly on the ridewithgps.com links.) Dates and booking details will be released in August 2021.

The events will cover Piemonte, Southern Alps, Northern Alps, Vercors, Provence, Ardeche, Cevennes, Haut-Languedoc, East & West Pyrenees, Andorra, Basque Country, Cantabrico, Picos d’Europa and Asturias.

For my last Big Ride in the mountains I plan to include as many of the roads as possible that I just couldn't fit in on previous CCC route designs. I want to surprise myself as well as my clients!
Phil Deeker
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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 1

Verona–Verona

180kms / 4300m

Main climbs:
Passo Fittanze

The Veronese "hills" (north of Verona) in the Veneto region make a perfect place to start this journey. Less well known, full of surprises and some very tough climbs. The beautifully harsh Passo Fittanze, climbed from Avio, will be the undisputed centrepiece of this opening stage.

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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 2

Verona–Iseo

199kms / 3900m

Main climbs:
Passo del Piccon, Passo di San Rocco, Passo del Termine, Passo del Santellone, Passo dei Tre Termini,

The journey starts it's crossing of the region of lakes and mountains so well known for defining the true beauty of Lombardy and Piemont. As well as some fabulous new climbs, this stage also includes a ferry crossing on Lake Garda.

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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 3

Iseo–Brogno (Bellagio)

201kms / 4750m

Main climbs:
San Fermo, Gallo, San Pietro, Ganda, Agueglio, Bellagio

Into the heart of Lombardy via some of the real classics of this region, ending the stage on the Bellagio climb after another ferry crossing (Lake Como).

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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 4

Ghisallo - Varese

204kms / 4700m

Main climbs:
Muro di Sormano, Plan del Tivano, Oratorio San Antonio,Alpe dei Fiori

The Best of the Lombardia finale (to start this one!) before heading over (hills) to Lake Lugano for a couple of Swiss climbs before heading down (up) to Varese. Quite a menu!

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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 5

Varese – Biella

193kms / 4060m

Main climbs:
San Antonio, Cucco, Colma

The double-whammy finale of Passo's Cucco and Colma make this stage truly exceptional. (This is a new version of stage 3 of CCC Piemonte.) It will bring us to Biella, a beautiful town, for our first Rest Day.

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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 6

Biella – Pinerolo

204kms / 4310m

Main climbs:
Croce Serra, Monte di Belmonte, Forcola, Lys, Braida

The formidable Colle di Lys is the centrepiece but more 'religious climbs' such as the Monte di Belmonte maintain the intensity of the ride throughout the day.

EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 7

Pinerolo – Cuneo

218kms / 5850m

Main climbs:
Sampeyre, Dei Morti

Leaving Lombardy behind us and hitting the first climbs of the 'Italian Alps' : two real classics will prepare us for the Giants to follow next.

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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 8

Cuneo – Valberg

193KMS / 5500M

Main climbs:
Lombardia, Coulliole, St Leger, Valberg

Via the "best" side of the Col de Lombardia, we exit Italy and explore some of the best scenery in the High Maritime Alps : the Gorges de Dalius, for example, taking us up towards our mountain-top finish in Valberg.

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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 9

Valberg – San Remo

214KMS / 5300M

Main climbs:
Sinna, Turini, Termini di Baiardo

A superb descent section to open then over the Cols de Sinna and Turini and into Liguria (back into Italy) to check out some exciting new roads on our way down to the wonderful town of San Remo. Pure Mediterranean magic!

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EVENT 1: Piemonte—Stage 10

San Remo To Carros

180kms / 45750m

Main climbs:
Passo Ghimbegna, Madonna di Giorbio, Chateauneuf.

The first 100km explores the best of Liguria before we plunge down to Ventimiglia. Arriving then in Monaco, of course the Madonna climb has to be on our path. A real Classic Climb to end Event #1!

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 11

Carros – Carros

206kms /4450m

Main climbs:
Mont Vial, Blaine, Pierrefeu (gravel).

The Classic loop stage that has opened the CCC S Alps forever. I just love this route. But with a cheeky gravel climb bonus this time!

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 12

Carros – Castellane

186kms / 4400m

Main climbs:
Ecre, Demandoix

Features the mighty 20km climb to the Col d'Ecre, one of the most reputed in the Var region. From there crossing typical Provencal hills towards the stupendous Gorges de Verdon, with a tasty loop round the lac Verdon to end the stage.

EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 13

Castellane – Digne Les Bains

209kms / 4500m

Main climbs:
Pas d'Abauc ( Gorges du Verdon), Illoire, Corobin

The Mighty Gorges du Verdon are the stars of this dramatic stage, followed by a complete tour of the emerald Lac de sainte Croix. The final climb, Col du Corobin, has often featured in the Paris-Nice race. A tough wooded climb with a glorious descent into Digne -les-Bains.

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 14

Dignes Les Bains – Barcelonette

189kms / 4750m

Main climbs:
Allos, Champs, Cayolle

On our way north the "Trio Terrible" loop (Allos,Champs,Cayolle) cannot be missed. Surely one of the best combo's road riding in the mountains can offer.

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 15

Barcelonette – Valloire

179kms / 5300m

Main climbs:
Vars, Izoard, Granon, Galibier

Four Mighty Giants make the profile of this epic stage pretty simple. The first time the 'up & back' Granon climb will feature in a CCC.

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 16

Valloire – St Jean De Maurienne

182kms / 4800m

Main climbs:
Telegraphe, La Toussuire, Croix de Fer, Beau Plan, Sapey.

A tough but majestic loop around St Jean de Maurienne is the centrepiece of this typical CCC take on these Classic climbs.

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 17

St Jean De M – Moutiers

161kms / 5100m

Main climbs:
Madeleine, Valmorel, Naves,La Plagne

Totally new parcours here amongst the highest roads. The Col de la Madeleine via the "old road" opens the stage, then we take on the best climbs around Moutiers.

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 18

Moutiers – Albertville

198kms / 5680m

Main climbs:
Col de la Loze, Saisies, Arpettaz, Vorger.

Another stage up there with the Giants. La Loze, a new climb for the Tour de France in 2020, will be the main attraction.

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 19

Albertville – Belley

180kms / 5000m

Main climbs:
Marocaz, Mont Revard, Chat

Superb views over Alpine peaks and lakes and the infamous Col du Chat. Mountain bliss!

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EVENT 2: Alps—Stage 20

Belley – Grenoble

191kms / 4400m

Main climbs:
Granier, Coq, Porte

The picturesque Chartreuse region makes this a perfect way to end this Alpine chapter of the 65RIDE.

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Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 21

Grenoble – Crest

208 kms / 4450m

Main climbs:
Col de la Machine and many other Vercors treasures

Pretty much the best of the Vercors climbs, plateaux and gorges here. Not much missing!

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 22

Crest – Malaucene

190kms / 4300m

Main climbs:
Pennes, Soubeyrand, Mont Ventoux

The remote and rugged beauty of the Drome region leads us due south to the unmissable Mont Ventoux "en finale". Nice day out.

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 23

Malaucene – Ales

195kms / 2200m

Main climbs:
Col de Champ Paga, Col de Bourrico

Crossing the Rhone means less climbing, more time to wander and explore like a 'cyclo-tourist', maybe?! Could be more café stops than usual?!

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 24

Ales – Ales

208kms / 3200m

Main climbs:
Many of the Ardechoise favourites

This is the first of two stages which explore the best roads of the extremely popular, multi-day "Ardechoise" sportive. Although the collective total of climbing is not excessive, the road is rarely flat. It's tough terrain, full of such charm and character. This remote area of France is one of the most genuinely surprising areas to ride in you can find. It needed a loop stage such as this to have time to explore its dense network of narrow roads.

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 25

Ales – Aubenas

204kms / 3900m

Main climbs:
Pendedis,Tranchée de Malons, Tastavin.

Part Two of the best bits of the Ardèche. Its beauty is equal to its remoteness. Simple as that.

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 26

Aubenas – Chaumont Le Bourg

200 kms / 3900m

Main climbs:
Mezilhac, Mont Gerbier

Another feast of remoteness. This stage will take us from the northern reach of the Ardeche, around the town of Le Puy ( capital of the very special volcanic Puy region) and into the vast wooded region of the Livardois. We rode this in 2017, but here we ride a new version in the opposite direction.

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 27

Ch –Le-B – La Bourboule

184kms / 3600m

Main climbs:
Mont Dore ( Col de Croix St Robert)

The second of the original CCC Cevennes stages ridden 'backwards'. The spectacular road up onto the Mont Dore will undoubtedly provide a superb finale to a stage which takes us to the northern tip of our journey, a mere 80 kms south of Clermont Ferrand.

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 28

Bouboule – Laguiole

203kms / 4100m

Main climbs:
Puy Marie ( Pas de Petrol)

My favourite part of the Massif Central. New stage-end in the best "knife town" in Europe!

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 29

Laguiole – Florac

204kms / 3700m

Main climbs:
Aubrac, Trebatut,Montmirat

The Aubrac National Park is a wild, desolate place populated mainly by its very distinct rusty-coloured cows. It's an impressive place to ride through. This stage ends in Florac, close to the Gorges du Tarn, which offer more drama of a different kind.

Event 3: Alps / Ardeche—Stage 30

Florac – Montpellier

196kms / 3600m

Main climbs:
Espinas,Mont Aigoual, Minier.

The final stage in this exceptional region includes the mountain which perhaps defines the character of this area better than any other : Mont Aigoual. We approach it via the "best side" and combined with the Col de Minier has the making for an unforgettable ride. After riding up to the 'roof' of the Cevennes our route takes us through some more stunning landscape and villages on our way down to sea level where we finish just outside Montpellier. The 65RIDE will then take a break of three weeks before re-starting with Event 4 from this same point. Destination the Pyrenees and then Cantabrico.

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 31

Montpellier – Castres

219kms / 3620m

Main climbs:
Baraque de Brai, Femme Morte, Croix des Deux Sous

Part Two opens with a wonderful route through the Montagne Noire region, crossing the Herald and Tarn departments. Seldom visited region with so much to discover. Much more than a "transition stage"!

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 32

Castres – Ax Les T

210kms / 4050m

Main climbs:
Fontbruno, Vammigere, Chadnelier, Pradel

From the Tarn to Arriege, skirting round the medieval town of Caracassonne, this stage brings us finally into the Pyrenees via one of it's better doors : the Col de Pradel. 'Little' brother of the Port de Pailheres, this very rural, wooded climb offers an equally generous vista of what follows from it's summit.

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