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Conclusion of Mike's inspiring ride across the lumpy bit of Europe...

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.

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Rupert49 [40 posts] 2 years ago
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Top ride Mr Cotty, Hat! Cracking photography too.

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 2 years ago
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Rupert49 wrote:

Top ride Mr Cotty, Hat! Cracking photography too.

Thanks Rupert! Won't be forgetting that one for a while!  1

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Trevmeister74 [2 posts] 2 years ago
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Mike Cotty wrote:
Rupert49 wrote:

Top ride Mr Cotty, Hat! Cracking photography too.

Thanks Rupert! Won't be forgetting that one for a while!  1

Yes indeed Mr Cotty, "HAT" to you sir!

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Some Fella [890 posts] 2 years ago
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It was all going so well until he put yellow socks on!
Come on Mike - im sure you were delirious and all but..................  1

Beautiful film and beautiful achievement.

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Martin Thomas [380 posts] 2 years ago
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Amazing. Many congratulations Mike, that was quite a ride...

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caaad10 [184 posts] 2 years ago
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Congratulations, a super lifetime achievement to be proud of, well done Mike!

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 2 years ago
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Ha! I like my yellow socks!  1

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 2 years ago
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Thanks for all the support everyone! Really appreciate the positive comments. It truly was a very, very, special ride and one that will live with me for a long time.

Safe riding to you all!

Mike

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t0bber [5 posts] 2 years ago
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what a superb effort some stunning scenery to go along with a once in a lifetime achievement. Take a bow sir

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ciaran335 [5 posts] 2 years ago
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absolute top lad. amazing. (love the socks)

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naffets [64 posts] 2 years ago
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chapeau.
inspiring, awesome just a couple of words come to mind off to do the raid pyreneen tomorrow makes that look like a sunday club run!
well done mike

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MattT53 [146 posts] 2 years ago
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This is all kinds of crazy awesome. Chapeau, brilliant stuff. Thanks for the video, pretty inspiring!

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 2 years ago
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naffets wrote:

chapeau.
inspiring, awesome just a couple of words come to mind off to do the raid pyreneen tomorrow makes that look like a sunday club run!
well done mike

Best of luck! Enjoy every second!

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GerardR [121 posts] 2 years ago
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Chapeau from the Antipodes! You're world famous, Mike.

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sm [375 posts] 2 years ago
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Stunning views, filming and achievement. I wonder if at some point you stopped seeing the scenery Mike but I guess it was pretty unavoidable! Some of those shots had the hairs on the back of my neck standing. It amazes me that we saw it fit to build roads over such terrain (and then climb them on a bike!).

Respect to the two skateboarders too!

PS: what bike lights were you using on the front and back?

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pmr [196 posts] 2 years ago
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33 hours of riding the alpes and as fresh as a daisy.
Unbelievable.  41

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 2 years ago
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sm wrote:

Stunning views, filming and achievement. I wonder if at some point you stopped seeing the scenery Mike but I guess it was pretty unavoidable! Some of those shots had the hairs on the back of my neck standing. It amazes me that we saw it fit to build roads over such terrain (and then climb them on a bike!).

Respect to the two skateboarders too!

PS: what bike lights were you using on the front and back?

Although I didn't stop much, I made sure I took in the views all the way! Simply beyond words or comprehension at times!

I had a Reflex on the bike and Joystick helmet light. On the back I used the Blaze (all by Exposure). I guess the Galibier by night is a pretty ok test for them!  1

Ride safe.

Mike

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 2 years ago
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33 hours of riding the alpes and as fresh as a daisy.
Unbelievable.  41

I don't think I've ever had that much adrenalin in my body, and certainly not for that long!!!

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 2 years ago
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GerardR wrote:

Chapeau from the Antipodes! You're world famous, Mike.

Thank you. You're too kind by half. M

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Roberj4 [217 posts] 2 years ago
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What a ride and rider an amazing challenge. That 'Blaze' rear light is on my commuter shopping list!

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Mike Cotty [64 posts] 2 years ago
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Roberj4 wrote:

What a ride and rider an amazing challenge. That 'Blaze' rear light is on my commuter shopping list!

A fine choice! Just be careful not to turn it on whilst looking directly at it (as I did). Retinas took a little time to recover  16

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mrpt5 [62 posts] 2 years ago
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Stunning

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Spooks [59 posts] 2 years ago
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In absolute awe, amazing personal achievement that very few people could complete or even dare to attempt. Lovely camera work and captured the ride perfectly.
I tip my cap to you sir, chapeau