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A long long time ago……………. Well back in July

I must start out by saying this years TWWB was one of the toughest cycle rides I have had the pleasure to take part in.

This was mainly down to personal reasons and mother nature deciding to have a little fun with us.

As always with all TWWB’s the riders who take part are a strange bunch, well you would have to be to spend 8 days with a bunch of blokes in lycra.

All the kidding aside TWWB is a tough multi-day cycle event. Getting back in the saddle day after day especially when you are hit with a months worth of rain takes a certain something.

Training for this years TWWB started in back January 2014 to help all the riders prepare themselves for TWWB.

Riders also took time off work, time away from families and cover their own costs to do this event.

So I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for taking part and for becoming a big part of my life for the last few months.

I would also like to thank everyone involved with this years TWWB, without your help and support it would not happen.

From the support crew who made sure we where awake and kept us fed and warm to the people to donated money.

A big thank you to Will and Amy at The Nog Inn who help organise our departure and arrival parties.

Also to all the businesses that sponsored TWWB a big thank you.

I could go on all day thanking everyone, so if I have not mentioned you I apologize in advance.

So I am extremely pleased to announce that this years TWWB raised £5756.00

The money raised will go to Help for Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support and Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

 

Once again a big thank you to everyone.

Yours

Neil Spinney

 

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Final 2015 group ride Sunday 13th December

The final TWWB.cc group ride will take place this Sunday 13th December.

We will plan to leave The Nog Inn (Wincanton) at 10:30 weather dependent.

Route and mileage will depend on who turns up. We will do a small loop back to the Nog for those who wish to do fewer miles.

This will be a slow and steady ride!

All are welcome to come along but we do recommend a road bike, Santa hats optional.

If you would like to keep up to date on group rides please join our Strava club buy visiting the following link www.strava.com/clubs/twwb-the-wrong-way-back

Yours

Neil Spinney

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The Col Collective ride Arcalís with Dan Martin

Our first visit to Andorra so we thought we’d call on a little pro knowledge to help us out, this time we’re honoured to be joined by Dan Martin from Cannondale-Garmin as we tackle the 2,229 metre high hors catégorie ascent of Arcalís. With stage victories in the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, plus one day classics Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Giro di Lombardia in his palmarès, if there’s one thing Dan knows a trick or two about it’s going uphill….FAST!
Starting in Ordino the climb up to the Arcalís ski station is 18.3km in length with an average of 5.2%. By Andorran standards this could be classed as “easy” but don’t be fooled. As the road pitches up to double figures at El Serrat this is the exact point that a 22 year old Jan Ullrich obliterated the 1997 Tour de France, not only winning the stage but riding himself into the yellow jersey by the summit. Since then the climb has witnessed many a fine racing moment including Contador putting in a late attack to try and get one over Armstrong in the 2010 Tour (despite being on the same team) while Sir Bradley Wiggins named Arcalís amongst his favourite climbs in his book “On Tour”. Grand Tour drama and rated by the pro’s, surely that’s good enough reason to check out the dizzy heights of Andorra for yourself?

Special thanks to Dan for generously taking time out to join us, and for being such an all round top bloke. Make sure you give him an extra loud cheer when you next see him unleashing big watts on the peloton (and thanks for not using them to make us whimper like a lost puppy this time!)

Start: Ordino
Length: 18.3km
Summit: 2,229m
Elevation gain: 947m
Average gradient: 5.2%
Max gradient: 12%
Ridden in October
Thank you to our partners Mavic, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Fi’zi:k, Haute Route, Lezyne, Map My Tracks, Muc Off, Scicon, The Sufferfest, Torq Fitness and USE for enabling us to bring these truly special mountains to life for you all. If you’re in need of new bike kit in the future and you enjoyed this video then bear them in mind and help keep the wheels turning 🙂
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Stay well, ride safe and thank you for watching.
Mike Cotty
The Col Collective
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It gives me great pleasure to show you a few moments from Season Two of The Col Collective to hopefully whet your appetite

This year we’ve been fortunate to explore some incredible mountains both in Europe and the USA with guest appearances from Cannondale-Garmin pro Dan Martin along with former pro’s Timmy Duggan and Craig Lewis.

When I watch this it’s crazy how less than two minutes can invoke such an emotion inside, it’s only when we started to put this video together that the pieces of the puzzle seemed to really make sense, the simplicity of cycling, the journey we can all share together or the freedom of the open road alone.

I’ll be honest, The Col Collective has been part of me for a very long time, a dream that started two decades ago when I experienced the serenity of the mountains for the very first time. Sometimes when I’m in the moment I don’t always realise the extent of what I’m doing, such is the fast pace of life – get the job done and move on to the next. It’s only when I take a moment to reflect on the season gone that I realise how this dream has evolved into a reality and that if you have a true passion, desire or calling to do something then anything is possible, you are in control of your life more than you may think.

Cycling has been a saviour for me, something to focus my energy on in a positive way when at times the world around me has felt dark. It’s only when I look back I truly realise that this is what I live for, this is my life, and I’m so grateful to be able to share a small part of it with you all.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially to Mavic and Cannondale, who believed in me from the beginning and continue to do so. Without your support The Col Collective may still be just a dream.

And finally, thank you to everyone reading this now. Ultimately you are who these videos are for.

I hope you enjoy Season Two as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing it together.

Peace on the road.

Mike Cotty

For more information please visit thecolcollective.com