Bio: Neil Cottam

Neil Cottam (Nellie)
Neil Cottam, born April 1970, lives in Kilburn, Derbyshire. Father of one son; Daniel.
He works as a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer to fund his travels.
He has an adventurous spirit inherited from his mum, Margaret, and when not traveling the world he likes nothing more than to satiate his adventure fix.
Carp fishing, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Trail & Fell Running, Camping, Mountain Boarding, Snowboarding, Slacklining, Karting, Hiking, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting & Scuba Diving are a few ways of letting off steam. He harbors ambition's in the not to distant future to Skydive, Base Jump & Bicycle Tour.
His itchy feet have taken him all over Mainland Britain and Mainland Europe; Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, as well as Estonia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Turkey, Norway, Latvia. Worldwide he has travelled to Kenya, Morocco, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and U.A.E, Israel; and of course Nepal where, in 2012, he trekked The Old Expedition Route to Mount Everest Base Camp and took part in The Yak Attack - The highest altitude mountain bike stage race in the world! In 2013 Neil returned to Nepal on two occasions; firstly to take part in the 2013 Yak Attack and secondly to return to Mount Everest Base Camp with his old friend Wilco Voulon, once again via The Old Expedition Route, before taking part in the 2013 Tenzing-Hillary Mount Everest Marathon! And he did quite well!
Neil returned to Nepal in 2014 for a 2 1/2 month trip culminating in his third attempt at The Yak Attack, in which he set a new personal best time/placing on the new, harder, route.
Neil previously lived near the town of Vitry La Francois in the Champagne Region of France for two glorious Summers in 2003 & 2004, managing a small but beautiful Carp Fishing Complex for Anglers holidaying from the UK. A Busmans holiday of sorts!
In November 2014 he headed to Sri Lanka with his son Daniel for a month of bicycle touring, during which time he took part in "Rumble in the Jungle", a mountain bike race in the new Yak Attack World Series.
He admires the great adventurers of our time including Scott & Shackleton, Mallory & Irvine, Hillary & Tenzing, Ranulph Fiennes, Ed Viesturs, Reinhold Messner. And other adventurers like Leo Holding, Mark Beaumont - The man who cycled the world or Loretta Henderson from Canada who is solo bicycle touring around the world for charity (she's very funny, you should read her blog). And let's not forget his all time favourite - Evel Knievel! And Biggles. And The Wombles...
He is an avid reader of Biographies of interesting characters, usually Mountaineering, Running, Fishing, or Travel based. He also enjoys TV re-runs of Family Guy, Phoenix Nights & Top Gear and anything silly enough to grab his attention.
Don't take anything he says too seriously, he's probably winding you up for his own amusement.
Neil thinks we should plant more trees.