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Video: Mike Cotty tackles Catalonia's Coll de La Creueta

Latest Col Collective video features 21km ascent with average gradient of 5.3 per cent and maximum ramp of 13 per cent

Mike Cotty’s last video for The Col Collective saw him take on the Vallter 2000 climb in Catalonia, and he’s stayed in the same region for his latest offering as he tackles the ascent to tackle the Coll de La Creueta.

> Video: Mike Cotty heads to Spanish Pyrenees to tackle the Vallter 2000

Both climbs have been used in the Tour of Catalonia in 2015, the Coll de La Creueta was included as an hors-categorie climb on the race’s Queen Stage, won by BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen.

It’s certainly a climb that stands comparison with some of the more heralded ascents that regularly feature in the three Grand Tours – 21 kilometres in length with an average gradient of 5.3 per cent and topping out at 13 per cent.

Here’s Cotty’s take on the ascent:

Today we're heading off on an adventure in an area I've been quietly intrigued by for quite some time but never really had a chance to explore, so we got the maps out and headed 100km northwest of Girona to the ancient village of Ribes de Freser in the Vall de Núria, Catalonia.

Such is the nature of every good exploration I wasn't quite sure what we'd find on the road, I'd only seen the Serra de Montgrony National Park in photos up until now so wondered if it would live up to expectations?

Naturally I was keen to find some climbs but instead of researching every pedal stroke of the way I was excited to head into the unknown, immerse myself in the landscape and let the day bring what it may. I could see the profile topped out at close to 2,000m elevation so with that in mind it would always be a good day!

Vital Statistics

Start: Ribes de Freser, Catalonia
Length: 98km
Highest point: 1,888m
Elevation gain: 2,088m

Main climb: Coll de La Creueta
Start: La Pobla de Lillet
Length: 21km
Summit: 1,888m
Elevation gain: 1,044m
Average gradient: 5.2%
Max gradient: 13%

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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captain_slog | 6 years ago

Lovely. Wish we'd seen more of the descent.

Nice shoes, too ... How much, you say?

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