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17 mountain passes and 16,000m of climbing in under 34hrs

Mike Cotty has completed his epic Alpine challenge, 674km of riding and 16,066m of climbing, in 33:39hrs.

Mike started the ride in Evian les Bains, on Lake Geneva, on Monday morning at 9am. He then rode 17 mountain passes, including some the most famous climbs in the Alps: Col de la Colombière, Madeleine, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Télégraphe, Galibier, Izoard, Vars, Bonette and Madone. Five of the passes took him up to over 2,000m.

Mike finally finished his mega-ride on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, yesterday evening.

When he finished, Mike tweeted, “I'm going to start by having the biggest pizza & ice cream in Nice! I'm sure I wasn't this skinny 33 hours ago!!”

We’ve given you details of the route before and shown you the Cannondale Evo Hi-Mod bike that he was using for the ride.

For comparison, Mount Everest is a height of 8,848m, so Mike’s elevation increase over the course of his ride was nearly the equivalent of scaling the world’s highest mountain twice over. Or, keeping things closer to home, it's about the same as riding the height of Ben Nevis 12 times.

Mike rode more or less continuously with just occasional essential short stops, with vehicle support provided by one of his sponsors, Mavic. He completed the ride well inside his original estimate of 36hrs, at an average speed of around 20kph.  

Congratulations to Mike from road.cc.

 

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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GerardR [127 posts] 3 years ago
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Chapeau! A great achievement and an inspiration. I wish I was good enough to have sponsors and a support car, but he's done the hard yards to earn it.

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Some Fella [890 posts] 3 years ago
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Average 20kph?
Pfft! Is that all?
I reckon i average that on my rides................

oh wait.........

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ads2k [42 posts] 3 years ago
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Fantastic achievement Mike, well done  16

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Awesome!

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MattT53 [146 posts] 3 years ago
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Chapeau! Totally awesome insanity!

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YorkshireMike [91 posts] 3 years ago
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Superb effort, one that many of us could only dream of conquering. Chapeau.

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crazy-legs [811 posts] 3 years ago
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Hats off Mike - you're utterly insane but properly hardcore!

Well done!

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Colin Peyresourde [1773 posts] 3 years ago
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Congratulations. Looking forward to hearing your loopiest thought that kept you going.

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VecchioJo [401 posts] 3 years ago
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excellent work Mike, i think you've earned two pizzas

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alotronic [487 posts] 3 years ago
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Wow. Respect!

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sorebones [139 posts] 3 years ago
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Inspirational stuff, congratulations. I will remember this and 'man-up' when I go to the Alps in a few weeks!

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TheLonelyOne [319 posts] 3 years ago
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Mike, remember to post that as a Strava segment so we can all have a go at beating that time....

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bfslxo [144 posts] 3 years ago
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neildmoss wrote:

Mike, remember to post that as a Strava segment so we can all have a go at beating that time....

my thoughts exactly - i reckon you can be looking back at that one in several years time & you'll still hold the KOM  16

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mikecassie [40 posts] 3 years ago
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There's only one word to describe Mike, Beast.....
Well done for completing the ride in such a quick time, I'm lucky to do 20kph on the flat  2

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vasgko2 [23 posts] 3 years ago
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Absolutely mad. I wish I had the courage to do just one third of it!!! Congratulations!!

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usedtobefaster [182 posts] 3 years ago
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Well done Mike. Absolutely amazing achievement.

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billyman [148 posts] 3 years ago
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amazing achievement, I'm so jealous

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bendip [36 posts] 3 years ago
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Remarkable personal achievement, that amount of climbing is jaw dropping, whenever i read about ultradistance riding and the incredible stats it unearths i think of Tommy Godwin,who in 1939,cycled 75,065 miles – an average of 205 miles per day on a steel 4 spd bike that weighed over 30 pounds

http://www.tommygodwin.com/

It's about the bloke, not the bike

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russyparkin [570 posts] 3 years ago
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wow. man points. good to see it done on a class bike as well.

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Leviathan [2280 posts] 3 years ago
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CCC2014 = Cotty's Crazy Classic.
Anyone want to arrange a hypersportive?

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Ginsterdrz [85 posts] 3 years ago
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Read a bit deeper and discovered this was an organised race. I was under the impression it was a solo effort:

Final update: Mike finished in 10th place in exactly 27 hours - top work fella! and only five hours back on the winner, Maurizio Vandelli...

# Vandelli Maurizio (1) @2009-06-20 10:05:00
# Dörschlag Ekkehard (49) @2009-06-20 10:45:00
# Zörweg Heinz (2) @2009-06-20 11:45:00
# Strebel Thomas (19) @2009-06-20 12:00:00
# Fischer Rene (4) @2009-06-20 13:00:00
# Lindner Paul (3) @2009-06-20 13:28:00
# Ratschob Thomas (41) @2009-06-20 13:51:00
# Huber Armin (29) @2009-06-20 14:34:00
# Settimio Guidio (42) @2009-06-20 14:54:00
# Cotty Mike (33) @2009-06-20 15:00:00

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altobici [4 posts] 3 years ago
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About the same time for my Haute Route alps 2012 - except I had 6 sleeps!!!!!! Fantastic stuff Mr Cotty  13

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Benway [75 posts] 3 years ago
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Ginsterdrz wrote:

Read a bit deeper and discovered this was an organised race. I was under the impression it was a solo effort:

Final update: Mike finished in 10th place in exactly 27 hours - top work fella! and only five hours back on the winner, Maurizio Vandelli...

# Vandelli Maurizio (1) @2009-06-20 10:05:00
# Dörschlag Ekkehard (49) @2009-06-20 10:45:00
# Zörweg Heinz (2) @2009-06-20 11:45:00
# Strebel Thomas (19) @2009-06-20 12:00:00
# Fischer Rene (4) @2009-06-20 13:00:00
# Lindner Paul (3) @2009-06-20 13:28:00
# Ratschob Thomas (41) @2009-06-20 13:51:00
# Huber Armin (29) @2009-06-20 14:34:00
# Settimio Guidio (42) @2009-06-20 14:54:00
# Cotty Mike (33) @2009-06-20 15:00:00

That was a different ride from 4 years ago.

Les Alpes was a solo challenge with support car this week.

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Spooks [59 posts] 3 years ago
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Just a stunning achievement, wow!

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Docroddy [31 posts] 3 years ago
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Pizza and ice cream? Sack that! Steak and chips... twice!

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 3 years ago
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Amazing effort..... respect!

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Carvers [36 posts] 3 years ago
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Well done Mike, an amazing effort!

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Saintyl [15 posts] 3 years ago
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Brilliant ride Mike, proper inspiring stuff.

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Martin Thomas [382 posts] 3 years ago
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Wow...

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 3 years ago
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Colin Peyresourde wrote:

Congratulations. Looking forward to hearing your loopiest thought that kept you going.

I think having the voice of Phil Liggett resonating around my head for quite a few hours could be close to the top spot Colin!!

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