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After crossing the French Alps non-stop last summer, Mavic ambassador Mike Cotty prepares to take on his longest and toughest journey to date, a 1000km traverse of the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps featuring 21 mountains and 23,000 metres of elevation. On August 4th Mike Cotty will attempt Follow live at http://www.mapmytracks.com/events/the-road-to-mont-blanc … @mapmytracks #Road2MtBlanc  #asturiasbike

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Mike Cotty - The Road to Mont-Blanc

One word - EPIC!

“A 1000km non-stop journey across the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps.” - A must watch for everybody who love to ride. Enjoy!

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The Road to Mont-Blanc is a short documentary following Mike Cotty’s 1000km non-stop journey across the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps, travelling from Conegliano, Italy, to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

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On August 5 Mike Cotty will attempt a personal challenge to cycle non-stop through the heart of the French Alps from Evian-les-Bain to Nice, a distance of 666 kilometres with 17 mountain passes (including the Col de la Colombiere, Madeleine, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Télégraphe, Galibier) with over 16,000 meters of elevation.

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The Col Collective - Passo Gavia

The “little” but nasyt neighbor of the Passo dello Stelvio. Really aggressive but beautiful climb in the Italian Alps. I am growing fond of the vids from Col Collective! Well done!

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Les Alpes - part 2: A non-stop journey from Évian-les-Bains to Nice

On August 5-6th 2013 Mike Cotty undertook a personal challenge to see if it is possible to ride non-stop from Évian-les-Bains to Nice across the heart of the Alpes, an unknown journey of 677km with 17 mountains an over 16,000m of climbing. In part two Mike faces Europe’s highest road pass, the Col de la Bonette, after 476km and 25 hours of riding before facing the Col Saint Martin, Turini, Madone and Eze on his way to Nice.

Catch part 1 and the trailer.

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An amazing achievement.  Mike Cotty cycled 1,000 kilometres non-stop across the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps including 21 mountains and over 21,000 metres of climbing.  

As in non-stop, without sleep, through the nights and days for over 50 hours.

People can’t stay up past midnight to order a new iPhone without complaining tonight!

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Mont Ventoux (Malaucène)

Cycling Inspiration & Education   The Col Collective 

As one of the most mythical mountains in cycling history, Mont Ventoux rarely disappoints. Let’s face it, you’re either met with hurricane winds that’ll do everything they can to blow you off its slopes or blistering heat that’ll take no mercy, making you gasp as the air starts to thin. A mountain of extreme, there never seems to be an in between with Ventoux and, in some respect, that’s the whole attraction.

Although there are three sides to reach its moonscape summit at 1,912 metres, Bédoin rules the roost, made famous by the legends of the Tour de France. Malaucène on the other hand feels very much like the forgotten mountain, much quieter, almost serene if you manage to catch it in a good mood and yet equally as challenging. 21.4km at an average of 7.2% it often feels like it’s winning the war taking your body and mind to the limit. If you can overcome this, focus on the moment and hold on to your perspective then, trust me, everything will begin to make sense once more. Vive Ventoux.

Start: Malaucène
Length: 21.4km
Summit: 1,912m
Elevation gain: 1,558m
Average gradient: 7.2%
Max gradient: 12%

Thank you to our partners Mavic, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Fi’zi:k, Haute Route, La Fuga, Lezyne, Map My Tracks, Muc Off, Scicon, The Sufferfest, Torq Fitness and USE for enabling us to bring these truly special mountains to life for you all. If you’re in need of new bike kit in the future and you enjoyed this video then bear them in mind and help keep the wheels turning :-)

For more help and advice visit our website at http://thecolcollective.com, become part of our col community and sign up for our free newsletter for monthly updates.

Never miss a video, subscribe to our YouTube channel or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you.

Stay well, ride safe and thank you for watching.

Mike Cotty
The Col Collective

This is one of those ‘holy s**t’ type cycling videos. A bit like the feeling after watching Rapha’s 1910 video published a couple of years ago. You may recall in 1910, the Tour de France ventured into the big mountains for the first time. The 1910 video exemplified the message of how tough it was to ride the Tour in the early days.

In this video, Mike, with the assistance of Mavic, completes 1,012kms with 21,250metres of elevation in in a riding time of 50 hours 29 minutes (total time 53 hours 38 minutes). Those facts alone make this a compelling video to watch.

Amazing, Mr Cotty.

http://conquista.cc/blog/2014/9/2/the-road-to-mont-blanc-mike-cotty

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Les Alpes part 2 | A non-stop journey from Évian-les-Bains to Nice

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The Col Collective  - Passo Giau

Undoubtedly “The Col Collective” puts out some of the best cycling videos at the moment. Really blown away by the new video about one of the legends from the Giro d'Italia the Passo Giau. Look at the sheep…amazing! Enjoy watching!

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Les Alpes part 1 - A non-stop journey from Évian-les-Bains to Nice

On August 5-6th 2013 Mike Cotty undertook a personal challenge to see if it is possible to ride non-stop from Évian-les-Bains to Nice across the heart of the Alpes, an unknown journey of 677km with 17 mountains an over 16,000m of climbing. See how Mike tackles the stifling heat of the Col de la Madeleine, wind of the Col du Glandon and Col du Galibier by night in part one of this two part series.

Catch part 2 and the trailer.

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Superbagnères - Pyrénées

Surrounded by no less than fifteen snowcapped peaks above 3,000 metres, climbing to the ski-station at Superbagnères deep in the Midi-Pyrénées opens up a whole new world of freedom all the way to its 1,800 metre summit. Starting from the beautiful spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon, also host to the start of the Col de Peyresourde and Port de Balès, the road traces its way alongside the river Pique as you wind your way up and around the mountain. Don’t let the average gradient of 6.3% lull you into a false sense of security though as the road regularly holds its form above double figures from the first couple of kilometres. I’m often surprised that it’s only featured six times in the Tour de France so far with greats like Bahamontes, Hinault, Lemond and Millar all being triumphant on its slopes but, to be honest, that’s the most fulfilling thing about Superbagnères, its relative anonymity nestled amongst better known climbs feels like a secret Pyrenean gift that just keeps getting better the higher you climb.

Start: Bagnères-de-Luchon
Length: 18.5km
Summit: 1,800m
Elevation gain: 1,170m
Average gradient: 6.3%
Max gradient: 12%

Thank you to our partners Mavic, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Fi’zi:k, Haute Route, La Fuga, Lezyne, Map My Tracks, Muc Off, Scicon, The Sufferfest, Torq Fitness and USE for enabling us to bring these truly special mountains to life for you all. If you’re in need of new bike kit in the future and you enjoyed this video then bear them in mind and help keep the wheels turning :-)

For more help and advice visit our website at http://thecolcollective.com, become part of our col community and sign up for our free newsletter for monthly updates.

Never miss a video, subscribe to our YouTube channel or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you.

Stay well, ride safe and thank you for watching.

Mike Cotty
The Col Collective

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Col de la Bonette

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Climbing its way through the Mercantour National Park, at 24km in length the Col de la Bonette really is an ascent that needs absolute respect right from the start. Pacing, pacing, pacing should be circulating in your head like a broken record throughout, especially as the steepest gradients up to 15% come in the final kilometre. Flashback to the summer of 2013 and the Bonette gave me many a sleepless night as I prepared for ‘Les Alpes’ a non-stop journey from Évian-les-Bains to Nice across the Alps. The fact that this monster rises up to 2,802 metres above sea level and claims to be the highest road pass in Europe is one thing, but I was going to hit it with 11 mountains and over 450km in the legs so on that occasion the word ‘daunting’ didn’t quite do justice to how my mind and stomach were feeling at the time. As I made it to the summit I could feel an overwhelming sense of fulfillment surge through my whole body, the pain disappeared and despite everything I felt more alive than ever. That’s the true power of the Bonette and the reason why I love this climb so much. I hope this video helps you explore your own limits and adds to your mountain memories now and in the future. Peace. Mike Cotty

Length of climb 24km

Start elevation 1213m

Summit elevation 2802m

Elevation gain 1589m

Gradient (avg)  6.6%

Gradient (max)  15% at 22.5km

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Passo Fedaia (Caprile)
Watched over by the highest peak in the Dolomites, the 3,343 metre high Marmolada, the Passo Fedaia is an enchanting journey of mystery and intrigue right from the very beginning. From Caprile, in the east, you’re faced with just over 14 kilometres of climbing at an average gradient of 7.5%, not so bad you may be thinking? Guess again.

I remember the first time I tackled the Fedaia it was the ninth climb after a monster day on the bike. We needed to make it back to Canazei before dark, just one little peak stood in our path. Meandering our way through the early villages past mythical creatures, sculptures and goblins towards Serrai di Sottoguda, one of Europe’s most beautiful gorges with limestone rock 100 metres high on either side, cascading waterfalls and a slither of tarmac pitching up to 11% felt like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

Captivated by its beauty it was only a matter of time before the Fedaia unleashed its full fury, reinforcing exactly why this is one of the hardest climbs in the region. From Malga Ciapela the road ramps up viciously to over 12%, holding its form for nearly 3 kilometres. A second to catch your breath at Capanna Bill rifugio and “BOOM” it hits you again, only this time harder. It was on this very section of road in 1998 that the great Marco Pantani set the Giro d’Italia on fire, demolishing the peloton and launching himself towards overall victory in the race.

Make sure you have compact gearing. As the road starts to switchback the gradient just keeps rising - 15%, 16%, 17%, 18% until the summit when you’re blessed with the beauty of the Lago Fedaia and the satisfaction of taming a true mountain legend.

Start: Caprile
Length: 14.1km
Summit: 2,054m
Elevation gain: 1,031m
Average gradient: 7.5%
Max gradient: 18%

Special thanks to our partners Mavic, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Fi’zi:k, Haute Route, La Fuga, Lezyne, Map My Tracks, Muc Off, Scicon, The Sufferfest, Torq Fitness and USE for enabling us to bring these truly special mountains to life for you all. If you’re in need of new bike kit in the future and you enjoyed this video then bear them in mind and help keep the wheels turning :-)

For more help and advice visit our website at http://thecolcollective.com, become part of our col community and sign up for our free newsletter for monthly updates.Never miss a video, subscribe to our YouTube channel or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you. Stay well, ride safe and thank you for watching.Mike CottyThe Col Collective