At this time of year I normally post up a few planned rides for the year ahead, and this is indeed being prepared. (I’m awaiting a few more applications being processed….)

During my Christmas Internet trawling, I stumbled across this epic from Mike Cotty:-

A 1000km non-stop journey across the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps.

Mikes own test notes the following:-

Exploration is as much about overcoming the unknown challenges of the road ahead as it is about learning of one’s own physical and mental capabilities. On August 4th 2014 Mike Cotty faced the longest and hardest ride of his life, a personal challenge to see if it’s possible to cycle over 1,000km and 21 mountains non-stop across the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps from Conegliano, Italy, to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. Thunderstorms during the darkest depths of the night, a bitter cold dawn on the Passo dello Stelvio, punishing headwinds and the will to overcome adversity and sleep deprivation from over 50 hours on the bike and 21,250 metres of elevation make this journey an inspiring test of human reserve.

Mike is known to me through the excellent videos he is now creating with “The Col Collective” about cycling up the classic and well known mountain passes around Europe. The man is a hill climbing machine and I have to admire and give respect for the effort put in to making the Col Collective videos for all to watch and be inspired by – some of the views are magnificent.

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