Southampton University to host cycling speakers night

Speakers at November 6 event to include endurance man Mike Cotty

Mike Cotty conquering the Alps
Mike Cotty conquering the Alps

Cycling fans on the south coast will have the opportunity to hear from the man who cycled across the Alps without rest.

Southampton University Road Cycling Club (SURC) are hosting an evening of cycling speakers on Thursday (November 6) including endurance-man Mike Cotty, who pedalled 666 kilometres over the Alpine peaks in 2013 and then 1,000km this year across the Dolomites, Eastern Alps and Swiss Alps.

The evening is being held to inspire and educate. SURC say, “Mike knows how to set and beat goals and he has mastered his body's physical ability, he understands that the lessons he has learnt on the bike have a wider meaning in life and that there's no substitute for plain hard work."

Also speaking is local cycling shop owner and expert bike fitter Garth Kruger of Vankru Cycling. Liam Glen, a Dave Rayner Funded rider who has spent this summer in Belgium, will also be discussing his year racing in Flanders.

Tickets are available here and are priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.

Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.