The road to Mont Blanc

The road to Mont Blanc (video)

This is absolutely epic: British cyclist Mike Cotty rode 1,012 kilometers, including 21,250 meter climb with 21 mountain passes, sleepless!

During his epic journey, Cotty spent 50 hours 29 minutes in the saddle, with total elapsed time of 53 hours 29 minutes.

From the video:

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.

21 Mountain passes:

  1. Passo San Boldo
  2. Forcella Franche
  3. Passo Duran
  4. Forcella Staulanza
  5. Passo di Falzarego
  6. Passo di Giau
  7. Passo di Pordoi
  8. Passo di Costalunga
  9. Passo dello Stelvio
  10. Passo di Gavia
  11. Passo dell’Aprica
  12. Bernina Pass
  13. Maloja Pass
  14. Splügen Pass
  15. San Bernardino Pass
  16. Lukmanier Pass
  17. Oberalp Pass
  18. Gottard Pass
  19. Nufenen Pass
  20. Col de la Forclaz
  21. Col des Montets

Mike Cotty’s road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross palmarès:

  • 2014: Non-Stop The Road to Mont Blanc 53h 38min / 1,012km / 21,250m elevation
  • 2013: Non-Stop Les Alpes 33h 39min / 677km / 16,066m elevation
  • 2011: Non-Stop Raid Pyrenees 30h 43min / 684km
  • 2009: 10th The Race Across the Alps, Austria/Italy/Switzerland (535km)
  • 2008: South Downs Double 19h 52min 26 seconds (Alpine Record)
  • 2006: South Downs Double 22h 25min 22 seconds (Supported Record)
  • Four Time Wessex Cyclocross Champion
  • 1st La Morzine Vallee d’ Aulps, Grand Trophy series, France
  • 1st British finisher Grand Raid Cristalp, Switzerland
  • 1st British finisher (22nd overall) L’Etape du Tour 06
  • 1st British finisher (36th overall) La Marmotte 06
  • 2nd 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championships 08, Canada
  • 3rd Rampilonga, Italy
  • 3rd Roc d’Azur, France
  • 4th SAAB Salomon Mountain Mayhem Solo 24hr, UK
  • 5th Swiss Power Cup, Switzerland
  • 5th La Ventoux, Grand Trophy series, France
  • 5th Henninger Turm support race, Germany
  • 7th La Trois Ballons, Grand Trophy series, France

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