Les Alpes Project: 666 Kilometers and 17 Mountain Passes

Source: Mavic | Photo: Christophe Margot

On August 5th Mike Cotty will attempt a personal challenge to ride non-stop through the heart of the French Alps from Evian Les Bains to Nice, a distance of 666 kilometers 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 meters.

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.

And here we are sitting in front of our computers—like suckers.