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The Col Collective take on the Col de Pailhères (VIDEO)

The latest video from Mike Cotty of The Col Collective sees him take on a climb which was only used for the first time in the Tour de France in 2003, but since then has been used another four times. It was most recently used in 2013 on the eighth stage when Nairo Quintana was first over the summit. Below...

The Col Collective on the Passo del Mortirolo (VIDEO)

Mike Cotty of The Col Collective has previously taken on some of the most iconic Italian climbs including the Passo dello Stelvio and Passo di Gavia. Now he has decided to visit the Passo del Mortirolo. Below is Mike's description of the climb. Joining the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia in northern Italy, the Passo del Mortirolo is the Giro d’Italia’s...

Entries open for the Paris-Roubaix Challenge

Entries have opened for the Paris-Roubaix Challenge, the cyclosportive which takes place over the pavé made famous by the Hell of the North. The 8th edition of the challenge takes place on the 8th of April. The sportive takes place 24 hours before the professionals race, and amateur riders will have the opportunity to test themselves on famous cobbled sections...

The Col Collective Reconnaissance of Stage 17 of the 2018 Tour de France

At just 65 kilometres in length, Stage 17 of next year's Tour de France from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan is the shortest road stage in the race in 30 years. Despite it's short distance, it's going to be very tough as the riders will face three climbs - the Montée de Peyragudes, Col de Val Louron-Azet and the Col de Portet...

Entries open for the 2018 Tour of Flanders Cyclosportive

Entries opened today for the 2018 Tour of Flanders cyclosportive. We Ride Flanders will take place on Saturday 31 March one day before the pros tackle the same roads. Entrants will tackle the steep climbs and cobbled sections of the Flemish countryside, made famous by the race and can choose between routes of 74, 130, 170 and 237 kilometres. The...

The Col Collective on the Costa Brava (VIDEO)

Stretching 256 kilometres from the mouth of the River Tordera, northeast of Barcelona, and running all the way up to the French border, the Costa Brava coast was named in 1908 after the Mediterranean's wild and rugged coastline. Costa is the Catalan and Spanish word for 'coast', while Brava means 'rugged' or 'wild'. The Catalonian region consists of the comarques...

Last chance to enter the Great Dublin Bike Ride

Entries for the Great Dublin Bike Ride will close tomorrow and according to the organisers there are only a limited number of places left in the 60-kilometre option. On Sunday 24th September 2017, up to 6,000 riders will set out from Smithfield in Dublin to take part in the third edition of the ride. The event offers two unique scenic...

First Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif Gets Underway in Cork

The inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif got underway in Kinsale this morning as cyclists gathered to embark on the unique event which features 17 stages spanning over 2,000km of the Irish coastline. The multi stage Sportif is the first of its kind in Ireland and visits nine counties from Co. Cork to Co. Donegal between 13th and 29th...

Two Excellent Route Options for the Great Dublin Bike Ride

The Great Dublin Bike Ride which takes place on Sunday 24th September 2017, offers entrants two unique scenic routes; a 60km route for those looking for a slightly less strenuous day in the saddle and a challenging 100km route for experienced riders. Up to 6,000 riders will set out from Smithfield in Dublin to take part in the third...

Inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif Launched

Fáilte Ireland have announced that it is teaming up with cycling specialists Ride Wild (www.ridewild.ie) to launch the Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif – a series of bi-annual cycling events along the coastal route (from Kinsale in West Cork to Muff in Donegal) which will promote the Wild Atlantic Way as a cycling destination internationally and domestically as well...

Up to 6,000 cyclists expected to take part in the 3rd Great Dublin Bike Ride

On Sunday 24th September 2017, up to 6,000 riders will set out from Smithfield in Dublin to take part in the third Great Dublin Bike Ride. The event offers two unique scenic routes; a 60km route for those looking for a slightly less strenuous day in the saddle and a challenging 100km route for experienced riders. The Great Dublin...

Pieta House cycle to take place in six locations across Ireland on World Suicide Prevention Day

Now in its third year, the Pieta 100 will take place in 6 locations across Ireland on September 10th, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. The cycle is in Support of Pieta House and suicide awareness. Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. Pieta House opened its doors...

OldVelos Vintage Classic Cycle to take place on the Waterford Greenway

Cyclists are being invited, for one day only, to put their carbon bikes to one side and enjoy the feeling of vintage steel, old-school gearing and the beauty of handcrafted bicycles at the 3rd OldVelos Vintage Classic on the Waterford Greenway. The OldVelos Vintage Classic, a unique cycling event in Ireland, is open to riders on vintage bicycles and...

New guide to the best cycling routes in South Leinster to be launched

A new guide to the best cycling routes in South Leinster is set to be launched later this week. 'Cycling South Leinster – Great Road Routes' by Turlough O’Brien includes routes in Counties Kildare, Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Laois and Offaly, and it's full of clear directions, colour photos and maps to guide you on your way. Turlough O’Brien’s interest...

Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland set to start at Stormont this weekend

The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Northern Ireland takes place this weekend, June 3/4 and the official legacy event of the 2014 Giro d’Italia Big Start will see over 4,630 participants from all over the world ride on closed roads on two routes which are designed to be challenging. The Mourne Route is 175km with over 2,500m of climbing...

The Col Collective take on Trollstigen in Norway (VIDEO)

The latest video from The Col Collective sees Mike Cotty take on the climb of Trollstigen in Norway. Trollstigen is part of Norwegian County Road 63 in Rauma Municipality, Møre og Romsdal county that connects the town of Åndalsnes in Rauma and the village of Valldal in Norddal Municipality. The road is closed during late autumn and winter and a...

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