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
Mountains

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 Thermes

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.

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 33

Ax Les T – Amelie Les Bains

180kms / 4200m

Main climbs:
Port de Pailheres, Dent, Auzines, Palomere

The Crown Climb ( Pailheres) of the Arriege region opens this stage and offers riders superb vistas of the Canigou Massif from the top. Beyond can be seen the first Spanish mountains, waiting expectantly for us. This region is rich in impressive Cathar castle ruins several of which will be seen on this stage. The dense network of narrow roads makes this area a treat to explore. You may even see a bear....!

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 34

Amelie Les Bains – Girona

190kms / 3000m

Main climbs:
Mirailles, Figuier Bosc della Margallia, Portell (Els Angels)

The first of 18 stages that weave their way across the French / Spanish border from East to West. A wonderful coastal route but with the mountains never far enough away from us to forget what lies ahead!

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 35

Girona – Girona

188kms / 3000m

Main climbs:
El Far, Palomera, Sesplanes

The Girona Hills are deservedly favoured by many pro's as the perfect training ground. Gradients are never too harsh, roads flow in a twisty dance with the landscape and the gentle climate makes this area very special for cyclists to explore. The gravel network is equally impressive, so we have to include a bit here and there!

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 36

Girona – La Molina

191kms / 4400m

Main climbs:
Collfred, Vidra, Creueta (la Molina)

A new route from Girona to the lofty ski station of La Molina, often featured in the Vuelta as a stage finish. But of course via the unmissable Collfred! Perhaps the toughest climb of these ten stages....

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 37

La Molina – Ordino

189kms / 4550m

Main climbs:
Guardia, Gent, Galina, Baixalis

The first of two stages that cover the best of the climbs in Andorra. We will approach Andorra from the south, via Spain, exploring roads new to the CCC. This stage will be dramatic, beautiful and particularly challenging.

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 38

Ordino – Foix

207 kms / 4550m

Main climbs:
Port d'Envalira, Chioula, Marmare, Montsegur, Mont d'olmec

Over the highest road point of the Pyrenees is our way out of Andorra, offering a thrilling 40 km descent to Ax-les Thermes. From here we explore more of the wonderful Arriege region and take in a new climb featured in the Tour in 2018 : the Mont d'Olmes, just before we glide into the medieval capital town of this region, Foix.

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 39

Foix – B De Luchon

205kms / 5200m

Main climbs:
Biert, Uscla, Portech, Portet d'Aspet, Menté, Port de Balès

A classic Pyrenees Tour stage with a fair bit extra! Here we explore some of the best pages of cycling history. The roads ooze with their own special charisma. They wait for us with glee!

EVENT 4: East Pyrenees—Stage 40

B De Luchon – Tarbes

185kms / 5460m

Main climbs:
Peyresourde, Aspin, Seyrede, Palomieres

More classic Tour summits to close this chapter of the Journey. From the High Pyrenees to the gloriously green lower foothills, this stage shows how the charm of the Pyrenees is not only found on the High Roads.

EVENT 5: Central Pyrenees—Stage 41

Tarbes – A-Gazost

190kms / 4600m

Main climbs:
Croix Blanche, Spandelles, Hautacam ( Tramassel)

A gentle-ish intro via the foothills around Lourdes leads us back into the heart of the Pyrenees, the stage ending with the superb duet of Spandelles and Hautacam. These two very contrasting climbs enclose the charming town of Argeles-Gazost, our destination for the night. Many 'new' CCC roads here since we have time to explore the lesser ridden part of this area.

EVENT 5: Central Pyrenees—Stage 42

A Gazost – Oloron

206kms / 6030m

Main climbs:
Courade, Tourmalet, Luz-Ardiden, Aubisque, Marie Blanque

Part One of the "Triple Crown" of the Pyrenees. Three very tough stages to take in the Very Best of this wonderful range of mountains. The "Old Daddy" of them all had to appear : perhaps THE Tour de France climb.

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