Mike Cotty smashes 674km epic Alpine challenge

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

by Mat Brett   August 7, 2013  

Mike Cotty on the Croix de Fer

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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.

 

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Superb effort, one that many of us could only dream of conquering. Chapeau.

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posted by YorkshireMike [68 posts]
7th August 2013 - 11:34

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Hats off Mike - you're utterly insane but properly hardcore!

Well done!

posted by crazy-legs [502 posts]
7th August 2013 - 11:37

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

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1110 posts]
7th August 2013 - 11:49

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excellent work Mike, i think you've earned two pizzas

posted by VecchioJo [744 posts]
7th August 2013 - 11:50

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Wow. Respect!

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posted by alotronic [255 posts]
7th August 2013 - 12:08

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Inspirational stuff, congratulations. I will remember this and 'man-up' when I go to the Alps in a few weeks!

posted by sorebones [107 posts]
7th August 2013 - 12:17

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

Devil

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posted by neildmoss [188 posts]
7th August 2013 - 12:24

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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 Cool

posted by bfslxo [118 posts]
7th August 2013 - 14:49

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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 Sad

posted by mikecassie [14 posts]
7th August 2013 - 14:54

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Absolutely mad. I wish I had the courage to do just one third of it!!! Congratulations!!

posted by vasgko2 [21 posts]
7th August 2013 - 14:58

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Well done Mike. Absolutely amazing achievement.

posted by usedtobefaster [89 posts]
7th August 2013 - 15:44

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amazing achievement, I'm so jealous

posted by billyman [122 posts]
7th August 2013 - 15:45

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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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posted by bendip [6 posts]
7th August 2013 - 15:56

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wow. man points. good to see it done on a class bike as well.

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
7th August 2013 - 18:32

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CCC2014 = Cotty's Crazy Classic.
Anyone want to arrange a hypersportive?


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posted by bikeboy76 [1233 posts]
7th August 2013 - 19:49

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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

posted by Ginsterdrz [18 posts]
7th August 2013 - 20:12

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About the same time for my Haute Route alps 2012 - except I had 6 sleeps!!!!!! Fantastic stuff Mr Cotty Surprise

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posted by altobici [2 posts]
7th August 2013 - 20:43

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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.

posted by Benway [66 posts]
7th August 2013 - 21:29

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Just a stunning achievement, wow!

posted by Spooks [61 posts]
7th August 2013 - 22:05

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Pizza and ice cream? Sack that! Steak and chips... twice!

posted by Docroddy [20 posts]
7th August 2013 - 22:16

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Amazing effort..... respect!

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [207 posts]
7th August 2013 - 22:38

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Well done Mike, an amazing effort!

posted by Carvers [41 posts]
7th August 2013 - 22:43

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Brilliant ride Mike, proper inspiring stuff.

posted by Saintyl [15 posts]
7th August 2013 - 23:07

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Wow...

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posted by Martin Thomas [567 posts]
7th August 2013 - 23:24

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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!!

posted by Mike Cotty [46 posts]
8th August 2013 - 11:12

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I'm in! Smile

posted by Mike Cotty [46 posts]
8th August 2013 - 11:25

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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

This was from June 2009. A great event but very tough day in the saddle. 22 out of my 27 hours were spent in the rain. This week made up for that pain!! Smile

posted by Mike Cotty [46 posts]
8th August 2013 - 11:34

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well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by a_to_the_j [73 posts]
8th August 2013 - 11:42

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Amazing 34 hour ride, knowing how tough a few hills can be and Mike went on for that long under intense physical activity.

I don't think I could sit on a stationary bicycle that long!

posted by TeamCC [146 posts]
8th August 2013 - 20:46

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@Docroddy He's a vegetarian though...

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10th August 2014 - 23:35

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