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Video: Mike Cotty rides a loop from cycling hotbed Girona with Dan Craven

Latest Col Collective video sees locally-based Namibian pro give a tour

Girona in northeast Catalonia is, as you probably know, a hotbed of cycling, with a number of English-speaking pro riders choosing to make their base there. Among them is Dan Craven, whom you may remember hit the headlines when he appeared to 'live-tweet' the Olympic road race, which he was riding in at the time.

In the latest Col Collective film, the rider nicknamed 'Dan from Nam' takes Cotty out on a 70 kilometre or so loop - the kind of ride where you might well see a local pro or two out training, depending on the time of year.

Cotty said: "Home to many of the best riders and teams, come to Girona and you're bound to bump into a pro or ten, which is exactly what happened during our latest visit!

"Not wanting to pass up the opportunity to find out what makes this region such a cycling paradise we're honoured to be joined by Israel Cycling Academy's Dan Craven on a classic loop taking in the climbs of Els Angles and Santa Pellaia (AKA Hincapie Hill), 64km with over 1,000m of climbing ... what's not to love eh?

Vital statistics

Start: Girona
Distance: 64km
Highest point: 485m
Elevation gain: 1,031m
Max gradient: 8%

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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StraelGuy | 6 years ago

Fantastic. Just fantastic.

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