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Mountain High : Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs

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Shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards 2012. This is the first book to cover in detail Europe's 50 greatest climbs, including detail on the actual route (with maps and profile), length, height, and compelling descriptions focussing on all the main points of interest along the route. Cycling has grown massively in popularity in recent years. The Tour de France draws huge audiences to the TV and internet coverage and all over the UK and Europe a growing number of people are taking to their bikes and rising to the challenge of Europe's most hallowed climbs. Mountain High is a book is for cyclists of all interests and abilities - from experienced club racers to enthusiastic amateurs who might just want to take on one great cycle challenge. Packed with practical route information and advice on each climb, Daniel Friebe's beautifully written text explains why each mountain pass merits inclusion in the top 50 with superb descriptions of the majestic scenery, the heroic deeds of cycling's legendary riders or the sheer endeavour and exhilaration of reaching the summit. With over 250 specially commissioned photographs taken by specialist cycling photographer Pete Goding, this really is the ultimate guide to Europe's 50 best climbs. Featured rides include Tour de France icons Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Mont Ventoux, Col de l'Izoard and Col du Tourmalet; the Passo dello Stelvio, Passo Fedaia, Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo and other sacred summits from the Giro d'Italia; plus Spain's formidable Alto de l'Angliru, Austria's Grossglockner and forty more mountain legends.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 254 x 292 x 24mm | 1,379.98g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857386247
  • 9780857386243
  • 22,580

About Daniel Friebe

Daniel Friebe is one of Britain's leading cycling journalists and a veteran of sixteen Tours de France. Daniel has written numerous books on cycling and collaborated with cycling superstar Mark Cavendish on two autobiographies, Boy Racer and At Speed. He is a co-founder and co-host of the award-winning Cycling Podcast. Since 2016, Daniel has also worked as ITV Sport's on-the-ground reporter at the Tour de France and other major races. Pete Goding has travelled the world photographing landscapes, people, culture and international sport for a wide range of clients, including; Men's Health, The Times and the award winning Cyclist Magazine. His unique perspective and outstanding understanding of light and landscape have captured everywhere from the jungles of Vietnam to the fjords of Norway. He has photographed every Tour de France since 2006 and has published intimate, dramatic and exclusive portraits of high-profile figures such as Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Currently represented by the UK Press Association for his sports-news content, Pete's images of travel, culture and sport can be seen displayed across book and national newspaper covers, photographic exhibitions and advertisements. Pete Goding has travelled the world photographing landscapes, people, culture and international sport for a wide range of clients, including; Men's Health, The Times and the award winning Cyclist Magazine. His unique perspective and outstanding understanding of light and landscape have captured everywhere from the jungles of Vietnam to the fjords of Norway. He has photographed every Tour de France since 2006 and has published intimate, dramatic and exclusive portraits of high profile figures such as Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Currently represented by the UK Press Association for his sports-news content, Pete's images of travel, culture and sport can be seen displayed across book and national newspaper covers, photographic exhibitions and advertisements.show more

Table of contents

Europe's greatest cycle climbs. Introduction. Koppenberg, Belgium. Muur van Geraardsbergen, Belgium. Mur de Huy, Belgium. Cipressa, Italy. La Redoute, Belgium. Mont Faron, France. Puerto de Urkiola, Spain. Il Ghisallo, Italy. 1,000m +. Croce d'Aune, Italy. Montee Laurent Jalabert, France. Muro di Sormano, Italy. Lagos de Covadonga, Spain. Ballon d'Alsace, France. Col de la Faucille, France/Switzerland. Col de Peyresourde, France. Alto del Angliru, Spain. Hautacam, France. Col de Joux Plane, France. Col d'Aubisque, France. Monte Zoncolan, Italy. Monte Grappa, Italy. Sierra de la Pandera, Spain. Alpe d'Huez, France. Passo del Mortirole, Italy. Mont Ventoux, France. Kitzbuheler Horn, Austria. Col de la Madeleine, France. 2,000m +. Passo Fedaia, Italy. Col du Glandon/Croix de Fer, France. St. Gotthardpass, Switzerland. Col du Tourmalet, France. Gran Sasso d'Italia, Italy. Blockhaus, Italy. Calar Alto, Spain. Colle delle Finestre, Italy. Ordino-Arcalis, Andorra. Passo Giau, Italy. Passo Pordoi, Italy. Cirque de Gavarnie, France. Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Italy. Col de l'Izoard, France. Col du Grand Saint Bernard, Italy/Switzerland. Grossglockner, Austria. Passo di Gavia, Italy. Col du Galibier, France. Colle dell'Agnello, Italy/France. Passo dello Stelvio, Italy. Col de l'Iseran, France. Col de la Bonette, France. 3,000m +. Pico de Veleta, Spain. Index. Acknowledgements.show more

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'at first you're sucked into the breathtaking photography, but after a while you realise it's the words that have truly captured your imagination ... If this doesn't make you want to don Lycra and clip into your pedals, nothing will' London Cyclist. London Cyclist 'comprehensive, stat-filled route profiles, sumptuous photography and evocative writing ... Pete Goding's photography is stunning' Outdoor Fitness. Outdoor Fitness 'This showcase of Europe's 50 greatest cycle climbs is nicely illustrated and packed full of information' Amateur Photographer. Amateur Photographer 'you'll love Daniel Friebe's new book, Mountain High' Mail on Sunday. Mail on Sundayshow more

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'at first you're sucked into the breathtaking photography, but after a while you realise it's the words that have truly captured your imagination ... If this doesn't make you want to don Lycra and clip into your pedals, nothing will' London Cyclist. London Cyclistshow more

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