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Mike Cotty smashes 674km epic Alpine challenge

17 mountain passes and 16,000m of climbing in under 34hrs

Mike Cotty has completed his epic Alpine challenge, 674km of riding and 16,066m of climbing, in 33:39hrs.

Mike started the ride in Evian les Bains, on Lake Geneva, on Monday morning at 9am. He then rode 17 mountain passes, including some the most famous climbs in the Alps: Col de la Colombière, Madeleine, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Télégraphe, Galibier, Izoard, Vars, Bonette and Madone. Five of the passes took him up to over 2,000m.

Mike finally finished his mega-ride on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, yesterday evening.

When he finished, Mike tweeted, “I'm going to start by having the biggest pizza & ice cream in Nice! I'm sure I wasn't this skinny 33 hours ago!!”

We’ve given you details of the route before and shown you the Cannondale Evo Hi-Mod bike that he was using for the ride.

For comparison, Mount Everest is a height of 8,848m, so Mike’s elevation increase over the course of his ride was nearly the equivalent of scaling the world’s highest mountain twice over. Or, keeping things closer to home, it's about the same as riding the height of Ben Nevis 12 times.

Mike rode more or less continuously with just occasional essential short stops, with vehicle support provided by one of his sponsors, Mavic. He completed the ride well inside his original estimate of 36hrs, at an average speed of around 20kph.  

Congratulations to Mike from


Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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