Synopses & Reviews
Cycling is Britain’s biggest boom sport and nowhere is the boom more evident than on the road: once seen as the preserve of serious racers, the road bike has recently found a new lease of life due to the popularity of challenge rides and Sportives. It is now possible for cyclists of all abilities to ride a well marked, well marshalled event just about any weekend of the year, usually based around one, two or sometimes as many as ten fearsome hills. For the first time, here is a pocket-sized guide to the 100 greatest climbs in the land, the building blocks for these rides, written by a cyclist for cyclists. From lung busting city centre cobbles to leg breaking windswept mountain passes, this guide locates the roads that have tested riders for generations and worked their way into cycling folklore. Whether you’re a leisure cyclist looking for a challenge or an elite athlete trying to break records stick this book in your pocket and head for the hills.
Following the successful format of the 100 Climbs series Simon Warren rides, photographs, describes, maps and profiles the 100 greatest climbs of the Tour de France. Simon’s previous three books have combined sales of over 35,000 copies; this is the first of his books with truly global appeal. There is no bigger sporting event than the Tour de France and every cyclist around the world one day dreams of taking part or riding on the same roads that the great event uses. Published in the same unique “cycling jersey pocket sized” format as Simon’s earlier books, this will be his biggest book to date, with each climb given a spread. There have been large format illustrated books on the hills of the tour published in the past, but none in such a portable format, and none which so vividly describe the experience of cycling these hills from the point of view of an amateur cyclist.
From the Col du Tourmalet to Alpe d'Huez, from Mont Ventoux to Luz Ardiden, these climbs are the beating heart of the Tour de France.
Technology may advance, training and diet may evolve, but these mountains are constant. They have witnessed triumph and despair, courage and heartache, they are where champions are made and where dreams are shattered. And yes, the greatest arenas of the world's greatest race are open 365 days a year for every one of us to ride.
So take up the challenge, emulate your heroes and make your mark on the 100 greatest cycling climbs of the Tour de France.
For each of the 100 climbs this guide includes:
A detailed description of the climb with an accompanying photograph; A map detailing the start and end of the climb with directions to help you find it; A factfile with altitude, height gain, average gradient, it's tour debut and category; A difficulty rating
About the Author
Simon Warren has lived and breathed bikes and cycling for over 20 years.He1s won a few races, held a first category racing licence and competed - and struggled - at the highest level in the UK, but most of all he loves to ride his bike uphill. He spent seven years working as a designer at Cycling Weekly before leaving to broaden his horizons in 2003, although he still regularly contributes event reports to the magazine. He works in publishing and lives with his wife and daughter in London N16.