100 mountains, 10 days: the ultimate test of endurance

A brave group of cyclists are preparing to tackle 100 mountain climbs in the Pyrenees in just 10 days, spending up to 10 hours a day in the saddle – and it is uphill all the way. Participants come from all over Europe and the US to take part in this bicycle challenge.

After the Tour de France comes the Cent Cols Challenge. Gone are the crowds, the razzamatazz and the glare of the world’s media. Instead, a couple of dozen cyclists set out to beat the odds, exceed their personal expectations and finish a race in which there are no winners and no losers.

The route winds its way through some of Europe’s most isolated spots, deliberately chosen to be unforgiving and far from civilisation: no bunting, no advertising, no start or finish lines, no spectators, no coloured jerseys. Accommodation is basic and the food is nutritious and plentiful.

The Cent Cols Challenge involves cycling up 100 categorised climbs in just 10 days. There is only ...

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