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Information on OCD Cycloclimbing


Greyed-out lines indicate roles that were active before the merger with Audax UK

Founder Noel Henderson  
President Roger Codling  
Secretary Mario Labelle  
Membership Secretary Rod Dalitz  
OCD Delegate at Audax UK Rod Dalitz
Claims Secretary Rod Dalitz
Touring Secretary Rod Dalitz
Magazine Editor (Paper issue) Jonathan Foott  
Magazine Distribution Alan Sprod  
Forum Co-ordinator Mario Labelle  
Webmaster Peter Hinton
Postcards Jonathan Foott  
Since the merger of OCD-UK with Audax UK, Rod Dalitz is the OCD Delegate at Audax UK. For claims, photos in Arrivée, etc, please contact him at or through the contact page on the Audax UK website, selecting OCD Delegate in the "To" field.

By post: Rod Dalitz, 136 Muir Wood Road, Currie, EH145HF, Scotland

What is OCD Cycloclimbing?

OCD stands for 'Ordre des Cols Durs' - 'the club of the hard cols' - a French cycle club of which we are the British-based English language equivalent. OCD Cycloclimbing acts mainly as an information exchange for cyclists who enjoy cycling in the mountains. If they wish, Members can claim pass heights each year and progress through grades of membership. Otherwise they can simply enjoy the Audax UK magazine, Arrivée and the online forum; Members are of course encouraged to contribute to the magazine and pass guides.

How to join OCD Cycloclimbing

Since the merger of OCD-UK with Audax UK, you must join Audax UK in order to keep benefiting from the OCD (submitting claims, etc). You will find all necessary information here: http://www.aukweb.net/enroll/. For more information contact Rod Dalitz.


The Guides are produced from the feedback of Cycloclimbing members and are available at a discount to Members, so please keep us informed! Information on other areas is also available, often from old OCD magazine articles - contact the Touring Secretary. OCD Cycloclimbing also maintains a small library of books and maps available for loan to members only.

Club Rules

  1. The OCD starts from 1960 the earliest to which you may back-date a fully recognised claim
  2. Grades of Membership start at 20,000m to join the U.K. club as a full member. French Membership starts at 50,000m and there are further grades at 100,000m (Officer), at 200,000m (Commander), at 500,000m (Honorable). The top grade is at one million metres (Venerable); this has been reached by three of our Members so far.
  3. Claims are put together by adding the summit heights of cols crossed or peaks reached. Note that a col has higher ground on both sides of the route at its summit and there are different valleys starting in front and behind you. It is not good enough to get only part way up a valley, however long
  4. Candidates' honesty is assumed
  5. A summit cannot be claimed more than five times per year
  6. You must be climbing as you reach a col. A second col which starts from a lower one can be claimed but not vice-versa
  7. Lists to the Claims Secretary should be in the following form:
    Date Name of Col Location/Map Ref. Height, m Notes
    23.6.97 Stelvio N.E.Italy/
    Michelin map 218, panel 17
    2757m **

    ** the notes are optional but we would like to hear of points of interest, whether you enjoyed the route, preferred alternatives, surface quality, gradients, remote and/or helpful hotels or campsites and anything else to improve our guides in a way you would have found useful. (It's very helpful if you also give the OCD pass number from the guide).

  8. Claims are for the year to Dec 1st and should be sent to the Claims Secretary (see above) by Jan. 31st. The lowest worthwhile summit is usually taken as 300m but a lower struggle can be claimed if you insist! If you have information which would be useful to update the Guides, please forward it to the Touring Secretary (see above).


A French club for which we are the UK contact, membership is open to anyone who has cycled up at least 100 different cols of which at least five per hundred must be over 2000m. A Col may only be claimed once in your cycling career. Cols must be identified by name on a recognised map or equivalent. There is no minimum height requirement. A claim for 100 Cols Club should take the same form as for OCD Cycloclimbing but the pass heights do not have to be totalled. Rules in English.

Claims should be submitted between 1st Dec and 31st January - the first claim will be for Cols ridden to date, subsequent claims for new Cols ridden during the year. You can send in claims via OCD-UK.

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