Generations of cyclists have made pilgrimages across Europe to conquer the tough gradients and switchbacks of the sport’s most famous ascents. Now, Col Collective is making that task a little easier with video tutorials of classic climbs.
The free videos aim to give cyclists the inspiration and education needed to emulate their heroes and conquer the world’s most iconic climbs – those whose history, scenery and difficulty create unforgettable cycling experiences. Climbs already featured include such legendary ascents as the Col du Galibier, Stelvio, Mont Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez and the Col du Tourmalet.
Cotty said: “I’ve ridden in the mountains for years and every time I’m completely captivated by the experience. It’s as if the higher you climb, the mountain evolves to form a new world right before your eyes. Landscapes, wildlife, natural beauty. It’s true that to climb any mountain is a difficult task, but it shouldn’t all be about pain and suffering.
“I wanted to try and bring the special moments of every climb to life in a unique way that hasn’t been seen before, and that are sometimes easy to miss as you pass on by, whilst also using my experience and industry relationships to form a resource that’s really interactive and focused on helping cyclists to experience the same feelings when they ride. That’s the essence of The Col Collective”.
Check out the videos below and find out more at www.thecolcollective.com.
Col de la Croix de Fer
Col de Peyresourde
Passo Gavia Descent to Ponte di Legno
Col du Tourmalet
Col de la Bonette
Col du Glandon
Passo dello Stelvio
Col du Galibier
Don’t forget to check out BikeRadar’s own videos of the greatest Tour de France climbs below: