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Video: Mike Cotty heads up Switzerland's Sustenpass

Latest Col Collective video features a road built when war was tearing the rest of Europe apart

The latest video from The Col Collective sees Mike Cotty head up a climb that due to its location may never feature on a Grand Tour, but which can hold its own with almost anything the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia or Vuelta can offer – the Sustenpass in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps.

The road itself was built between 1938 and 1945, a time of course when most of the rest of Europe was at war and Switzerland was neutral.

Here’s what Cotty says about the climb:

At 27.8 kilometres in length Switzerland's Sustenpass can easily have you feeling quite daunted at the prospect of scaling it on two wheels. The grandeur of the road immediately instils a sense of anticipation and excitement as you leave Innertkirchen on what can only be described as a true journey. Lush meadows, dense forests and chocolate-box villages make way for a sensory overload of tunnels, waterfalls, high mountain lakes and glaciers!

Sometimes the road can feel endless, but in some respect that can be a good thing as the surroundings are so dramatic and beautiful all at the same time if you're anything like me you'll be crying out for it to continue all the way to heaven and beyond.

Vital Statistics

Start: Innertkirchen
Length: 27.8km
Summit: 2,224m
Elevation gain: 1,602m
Average gradient: 5.7%
Max gradient: 10%
Ridden in early July

Simon has been news editor at 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.

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