The Col Collective has released its latest video, and it features perhaps the most famous Alpine climb in cycling, with Mike Cotty tackling the 21 hairpins of the Alpe d’Huez.
First featured in the Tour de France in 1952 when Fausto Coppi won there, it was back 12 years later as a climb in the middle of a stage, and again in 1976, when it once again hosted a stage finish.
Since then it has welcomed the race on 25 occasions, included in the race roughly every other year.
The last two times it figured saw the home nation’s blushes spared. Pierre Rolland won in 2011 and Christophe Riblon did so in 2013, when the climb was tackled twice, marking the sole French stage wins on those editions.
Cotty says: “If the truth be known I owe a lot to the rockstar ascent that is Alpe d’Huez, along with its equally impressive neighbours the Glandon and Galibier.
“Back in 2003 it was the lure of these legendary peaks that gave me my first real taste of the mountains as I nervously lined up for La Marmotte not really knowing what I was getting myself into.
“I remember rolling into Bourg d’Oisans and feeling my stomach summersaulting with fearful excitement at the gargantuan size of the mountains surrounding me.
“You could feel the energy they possessed, like the walls of a Roman amphitheatre staring down at a gladiator about to go into combat.
“I’ll never forget that moment, eventually carving my way up the 21 bends to the summit of Alpe d’Huez.
“We’ve come a long way since then but this is, and always will be, where the dream began. Peace.”
Alpe d’Huez vital statistics
Start: Bourg d'Oisans
Elevation gain: 1,108m
Average gradient: 8.1%
Max gradient: 13%
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