Rather curiously, Mike Cotty was my first contact in the cycling industry. This was well over a decade ago – way before I joined Cycling Plus, I was working on a leading running magazine and we were doing a piece on triathlon. I needed a bike and Mike, then working for Cannondale, lent me something rather lovely to ride…
More than 10 years on, Mike – who unlike me hasn’t aged one bit – has moved on from Cannondale and now makes superb, inspiring videos for the Col Collective in which he tackles the world’s most iconic mountain passes on his bike. It’s a – genuinely – tough job but someone’s got to do it!
In this latest Col Collective video, Mike talks for 45-minutes about his passion for bikes and cycling gear in general. He could give our senior tech editor Warren Rossiter a run for his money when it comes to bike geekiness! And if you like Mike’s passion for riding be sure to check out the latest issue of the magazine – on sale December 28th – as he tackles one of the toughest 100km routes out there in our free Europe’s Best Rides magazine!
Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.