August Cover Story: Challenge Les Alpes

Every rider is unique in their motivation. The desire to discover both physical and mental limits in search of new experiences comes from deep within. Life is not a race, it’s a journey. Sometimes on familiar roads and other times following a path into the unknown.

On August 5th I'll attempt a personal challenge to cycle non-stop through the heart of the French Alps from Evian Les Bains to Nice, a distance of 666 kilometres with 17 mountain passes - including the Col de la Colombière, Madeleine, Glandon, Croix de Fer, Télégraphe, Galibier, Izoard, Vars, Bonette and Madone - with over 16,000 metres of elevation and five cols over 2,000 metres. Comparable to four mountain stages of the Tour de France or close to scaling Mount Everest (twice) it’s a moment of escapism, intrigue and respect to the high mountains that is the true inspiration for such a ride.

The Schedule:

Start Date: August 5th
Start Time: 8.00am GMT / 9.00am CET
Start Town: Evian Les Bains
Finish Town: Nice
Distance: 666 km
Elevation: 16,002 m
Cols: 17
Estimated Time: 36 hours

In the event of bad weather the start may shift to the 6th or 7th.

Keep an eye on the live tracking below for the exact start.

Twitter / Facebook:

For live updates, to join the conversation or show your support during the ride follow:

@Cottydale - Mike Cotty
@Mavic - Official service & support
@PhotoMargot - Christophe Margot: Videographer
@MalinPhoto - Deborah Malin: Rider support and photographer
Hashtag: #RideLesAlpes

Official photos will be posted throughout the ride on the Mavic Facebook page HERE.

Track The Ride Live Below - Starting August 5th at 9.00am European Time:

Click above icon for more detailed live statistics, or for a larger view of the live tracking CLICK HERE.

Col Profiles & Stats:

From A to B.....the scenic way :-)

Here's to a journey into the unknown. I hope you enjoy the ride!



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