In one of the more bonkers endurance epics of a summer that seemed to be full of them, on August 5 and 6 Mike Cotty rode 674km from Evian-les-Bains to Nice in under 34 hours, crossing 17 passes and climbing 16,000m on the way.
Shortly after, his sponsor Mavic released the first of two videos of the ride, covering the section from Evian-les-Bains to the top of the Galibier.
In part two we rejoin Mike just as dawn breaks over the Alps and he contemplates the 2,800m Col de la Bonette.
Mike says: “When I put the plan together I wasn’t sure I had the ability to do it, but part of the fun is just trying. I get a lot of satisfaction from pushing myself and seing if I can rise to the challenge.”
Rise to it he did. Chapeau!
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.