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100 Greatest Cycling Climbs: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Britain's Hills Paperback – 3 Jun 2010
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A must-have for any British cyclist and an essential read for anyone who thinks they know their way around the hills of the British Isles.(Cycling Weekly)
Once you've opened pandora's box you won't be able to show up at your next club run until you've bagged them all.(London Cyclist)
At no bigger than a couple of fag packets, the book does what it says on the tin: a photo, a map and profile of the 100 best-known climbs. I love this book, partly because Warren has ridden all the hills,much like a wine connoisseur swills a new vintage, and partly because I can keep the book snug in my jacket and mull over the climbs whenever I'm not on a bike.(Richard Caseby, Cycle Guy Sunday Times)
Chock full of wonderful shots of valleys and long winding roads, this pocket-sized guide holds great value for photographers - particularly as Simon's chosen locations double as photographic spots.(Amateur Photographer)
Where does an aspiring grimpeur turn for inspiration and the climber's equivalent of the knowledge? If you'd asked me this last month I would have had to develop the pixel simile for shrugged shoulders. Bowmore Main Street is quite steep, and Port Askaig Brae at 14% is hardly the most welcoming sight a touring cyclist has been met with on arriving at Islay. But there has to be more, even for those who get out a bit more than I do. Simon Warren is that very man. In similar manner to the obsessive trainspotter, Mr Warren is an obsessive hillclimber and, on this evidence, collector and documentor of same. Gathered in this perfectly formed, compact and bijou volume are 100 of the finest climbs the UK has to offer, all mapped, illustrated and rated. '100 Greatest Cycling Climbs' is one of those books that you always thought existed, but didn't. The panoply of UK cycling ephemera is greatly enhanced with its release, and while not so lavish a production as the recent road climbs of the Pyrenees from rapha, it is just as necessary an addition to the bookcase. Mr Warren is to be applauded for his obsessive work, and the publishers congratulated for their faith. Brilliant.(www.thewashingmachinepost.net)
Benefits hugely from simple, well-considered layouts, incline graphs and maps... An almost pefect handbook.(Time Out)
Yep, you read that right. There is actually a book with 'great' and 'cycle climbs' together on the cover. I'm a great believer of free press and all that, but this one should be top of the list for spreading such silly ideas. He must have meant it in the'most hellish' sense.
Oh all right, not really. For the masochistic among us, this book will be a great tick list of challenges. A fun, pocket-sized book.
Lovingly detailing major ascents and inviting the reader to join in the fun and tackle them. With diffuiculty ratings, profiles and location data this is a terrific inspiration for dreams of next summer's epic ride in unexplored areas.(Cycling Plus)
About the Author
SIMON WARREN has lived and breathed bikes and cycling for over 20 years.
He's 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.
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The photos are excellent, the information is well presented and the book is the ideal size - I can see myself referring to 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs for years to come.
It's a lovely perfectly sized book, with the authors passion for climbing really shining through. I loved the line about climbs being the stadia for cyclists. As previously mentioned by other reviewers the tick list is a great little touch and although I've done most of my local climbs a few times I'm not ticking them off until I've done them again.
One slight addition that would maybe have been helpful, would've been the inclusion of a list of contact numbers for tourist information, hostels etc for each region although this info is available on the internet it would be handy having it all in one place if you are planning a trip away to visit any of the locations.
Oh and there is a mistake on Hardknott and Wrynose passes. Jubilee Bridge is to the West of Hardknott and Fellfoot Farm is to the East of Wyrnose. A simple mistake but would mean that you haven't done the climbs intended if you followed the directions in the book.
Other than that one of the best cycling guides I've seen in years.
The descriptions are good and have little comments that really 'gelled' with me. I was pleasantly surprised to find the book was almost pocket sized, although not sure why. Reading this made me want to try the hardest hill in there - rated at 11/10! I did it but much more slowly than the author.
Some of the climbs show a side-on view of the climb, and all show a factfile of where it is and how to get there. If you like cycling, especially if you're a 'roadie', then this book will be of interest and will make you want to venture out to these picturesque places. Perhaps even pit yourself against the author for time taken to get up the hills.
I gave this 5 stars because, quite simply, I liked the book. It serves no particular purpose but is nice to flick through on a winter's evening when I am thinking about where we'll go next Summer.
The layout of the book is clean and the accompanying text and images are clear and concise. The only thing I would suggest is that it would have been useful to add the average hill gradient to the ascent and distance, it is fairly easy to make these calculations with some basic mathematics but I still think it would have been handy. I do find the difficulty rating is fairly useful though.
Really is a good little book and can help to plan trips if you like punishing your thighs....don't we all?
Now just need to either re-locate or plan those weekends away as Northants......has not got a lot of hills !
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This is a good wee book good details. It would be better if there were some more picturesPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The product and delivery time is amazing and the price is even better. When product arrived it had a few bent corners and one corner was ripped but because it's so cheap I don't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Billy
Quick read and interesting, but do think some of the gradings are subjective against others in the vicinity rather than across the country. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M_A_T
Perfect pocket book guide to the best cycling climbs in the UK, really glad I bought it and now planning a series of cycling adventures around the country based on the guide. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robin Waite