The Road to Mt Blanc

TORQ-Fuelled ultra endurance cyclist, Mike Cotty, has been up to his old tricks, pushing the boundaries of human endurance. After last year’s epic Trans Alpine Ride – Les Alpes, covering over 666km, Mike has dreamt up an even more ambitious challenge, The Road 2 Mt Blanc. His toughest to date.
 
 
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. The video below documents the entire journey. 
 
 
21 Mountains:
Passo San Boldo
Forcella Franche
Passo Duran
Forcella Staulanza
Passo di Falzarego
Passo di Giau
Passo di Pordoi
Passo di Costalunga
Passo dello Stelvio
Passo di Gavia
Passo dell’Aprica
Bernina Pass
Maloja Pass
Splügen Pass
San Bernardino Pass
Lukmanier Pass
Oberalp Pass
Gottard Pass
Nufenen Pass
Col de la Forclaz
Col des Montets
 
Here at TORQ we would like to congratulate Mike on his fantastic achievement and look forward to seeing what he dreams up next!