The Col Collective


Hi Mike! I would like to know, during the nights, what type of lights do you use? I'm looking for a model to ride all night, such as yours, which will last several hours and have good power. If you can help me, I'd be very appreciative. Thank you! Timothée

Hi Timothée,

Thanks for your message, regarding lighting, I use a range from Exposure Lights, and in particular….

Front: Six Pack MK5. This is a beast, massive power and burn time but to be honest could be more than you need. I used this and a Joystick MK9 on my helmet during the first night of The Road to Mont Blanc when the weather was shocking. The second night I used the Strada MK5 on the bike which is a light that Exposure specifically developed for road use so it has a high and dipped beam which is great for seeing further up the road and lighting up areas in your peripheral vision.

Rear: This year I used the new TraceR rear light (mainly as it saved me a few grams). If you want slightly longer burn times then you could check out the Blaze too. Both have been great for what I’ve needed them for.

I hope that helps!

Ride safe.


Topic: Accessories

Hi Mike, I am interested in the bike you ride during The Col Collective. Obviously it's a Cannondale but which one and what groupset are you using? Also what is your preferred choice of pedal and what sort of pump do you carry with you on your rides? Thanks, Peter

Hi Peter,

Thanks for getting in touch. I ride the Cannondale EVO HiMod with Shimano Di2 9070 groupset, Hollowgram SiSL2 crankset and Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 clincher wheels. This was actually last years model, you can see the new 2015 range here. For pedals I use the Zxellium from Mavic this is the same as the Time Xpresso pedal (Mavic and Time have a partnership) What I really like about them is the engagement mechanism. Instead of having to force your foot into them the spring is always open and when you step on the pedal it engages (a bit like a ski binding) so it makes it really easy to clip in to. I’ve been using the Carbon Road Drive pump from Lezyne for the past year or so. Seems to have stood the test of time so far!

If you need anything else at all please do not hesitate in asking and I’ll do my best to help.

Stay well and ride safe.


Hi Mike, First of all, thanks for the beautiful videos you post. It seems to be easy when we look at you riding the cols. I have a question concerning the Lezyne Pod Caddy organizer you have on your bike. Is it a S or M size? What do you put inside? Just to give me an idea of which size I should take. Xavier A french rider from the Pyrenees

Hi Xavier,

Thanks for the message, great to hear you are liking the videos! That makes me very happy indeed.

I use the S size Pod Caddy. In this I put in one inner tube along with…

Glueless patch kit

Tyre levers

Multi-tool with chain splitter

I hope that helps. Very jealous of you living in the Pyrenees, one of my absolute favourite places in the world!

Ride safe and enjoy!


Topic: Accessories, Tools

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