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

In the event of bad weather the start may shift to the 6th or 7th. Keep any eye on our live tracking for the exact start.
Start Date:
5th August
Start Time:
8.00am GMT / 9.00am CET
Start Town:
Evian Les Bains, France
Finish Town:
Nice, France
666 Kilometres
16,002 meters
Estimated Time:
36 hours


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Mike Cotty
Official service and support from Mavic
Christophe Margot: Videographer
Deborah Malin: Rider support and photographer
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Les Alpes cimbs through the day and night Les Alpes Col details

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Les Alpes Video Fly Over

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