We know that lots of you, like us, are fans of the Col Collective videos in which Mike Cotty rides some of cycling’s most iconic climbs, while sharing his experience. Well, here’s some great news – Season Two is well and truly on its way, and it promises to be a cracker.
Whereas the debut collection of videos focused on Europe, Cotty crosses the Atlantic to the US for some of the ascents featured in the second season, and what’s more he’s not just riding solo.
The Cannondale-sponsored rider, also a brand ambassador for Mavic, has Monument and Grand Tour stage winner Dan Martin, plus ex-pros Craig Lewis and Timmy Duggan, for company in some of the forthcoming films – all the more reason to look forward to them.
Here’s a teaser video that gives a taste of what’s in store in the coming months.
“When I watch this it’s crazy how less than two minutes can invoke such an emotion inside,” says Cotty.
“It’s only when we started to put this video together that the pieces of the puzzle seemed to really make sense, the simplicity of cycling, the journey we can all share together or the freedom of the open road alone.
“I’ll be honest, The Col Collective has been part of me for a very long time, a dream that started two decades ago when I experienced the serenity of the mountains for the very first time.
“Sometimes when I’m in the moment I don’t always realise the extent of what I’m doing, such is the fast pace of life – get the job done and move on to the next.
“It’s only when I take a moment to reflect on the season gone that I realise how this dream has evolved into a reality and that if you have a true passion, desire or calling to do something then anything is possible, you are in control of your life more than you may think.”
Cotty adds: “Cycling has been a saviour for me, something to focus my energy on in a positive way when at times the world around me has felt dark.
“It’s only when I look back I truly realise that this is what I live for, this is my life, and I’m so grateful to be able to share a small part of it with you all.”
We think you’ll agree that’s a sentiment that goes both ways; for those of us whose workplaces are bounded by four walls rather than open skies and Alpine or Pyrenean peaks, the Col Collective videos give inspiration to get out onto some of those famous climbs and pit ourselves against them.
Bring on Season Two; we can’t wait.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.