No, not that Ali. I mean my LACC club-mate, Ali, who’s currently laying down a series of simply mind-bending rides as part of the Rapha-sponsored Cent Cols Challenge across the Dolomites in Italy.
Two weeks ago I did a ride of 150km which included about 2,500m of climbing, and found it pretty tough going. Well, Ali has so far ridden 1,305km in 7 stages (he has 2 more to go) and completed a spectacular 34,924m of climbing up some of Italy’s most famous and feared peaks – at an average of just under 5,000m per stage. The second stage of the event was 221.7km and featured a whopping 5,275m of ascending. He’s also managed to reach speeds on the way back down of 100km/h. These are big scary numbers, even for the pros.
Amongst the 100 awesome cols Ali will have conquered, by tomorrow night the boy from Sydney will have climbed the Zoncolan, the Sella Ronde and the Mortirolo: truly iconic climbs of world cycling.
Ali, mate, you’re a dead set legend. Inspiring stuff. Can’t wait to hear all about it…