First Col Collective video of 2016 features one of cycling’s toughest climbs… The Col Collective’s first video of 2016 sees Mike Cotty take on what many consider to be the toughest climb in professional cycling – Italy’s Monte Zoncolan, and specifically the ascent from Ovaro.
Located in the Carnic Alps in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region in the north west of the country, it has featured five times in the Giro d’Italia, most recently in 2014 when Michael Rogers won the race’s penultimate stage in the colours of Saxo-Tinkoff.
Entering the final 3 kilometres with Bardiani-CSF’s Michele Buongiorno, the Australian benefited from a fan giving the Italian a ‘helpful’ shove that destroyed the Italian’s rhythm and allowed Rogers to ride away to the win. Here is what Cotty has to say about the climb: The direct answer to the Vuelta’s a España’s Alto de l’Angliru, it wasn’t until 2003 that the mighty Monte Zoncolan claimed worldwide notoriety when the Giro d’Italia used it for the first time, although on that occasion it was from the “easier” eastern approach from Sutrio. Four years later and it was back with a vengeance as the race unveiled the 10.2km monster, with ramps up to 22%, […]