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100 Greatest Cycling Climbs: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Britain's Hills [Paperback]

Simon Warren
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Book Description

3 Jun 2010

For the first time, here is a pocket-sized guide to the 100 greatest climbs in the land.

‘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

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.

This guide includes:

  • Maps - with the start and finish of each climb shown, as well as grid and OS references
  • Timings – the approximate time it takes to complete each climb
  • Ratings – from 1-10 taking into account gradient, length, surface

Simon Warren is the author of Hellingen:A Road Cyclist's Guide to Belgium's Greatest Cycling Climbs and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0711231206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711231207
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 16.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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.

(Adventure Travel)

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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't belive no-one has done this before! 3 Jun 2010
What a fantastic book! As the title says, I can't believe it's taken this long for a book like this to hit the market. I haven't really got a lot to add to the other reviews beyond saying that 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs is a really good size which you can acually fit in your pocket - not always a given - and that the information is presented in such a way as to be genuinely useful - for instance, maps you can actually read but which aren't so large as to infringe upon the rest of the information.

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.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational little book 11 Jun 2010
Coming back to cycling after atwenty month lay off due to illness, I treated myself to this book. I live in the North West of England and as such have the pleasure of having a few of these climbs on my doorstep. Although I've done quite a few of them before I've found the book is good at helping me to decide where a days ride should be.

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.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The challenge is set! 2 Jun 2010
Most cyclists love a challenge and this book has a hundred of them!

100 Greatest Cycling Climbs is broken into sections by UK region, with a page dedicated to describing each hill climb, along with a one-page facing photo, so you know what you are going to be tackling. There's a simple, clear map to help you find the climb and most have a profile that indicates the steepness of each section and the location of any key landmarks.

The inclusion of a checklist to allow you to tick-off the hills as they are conquered is a really nice touch.

It's any easy, inspiring read that makes you want to hit those hills. Surely this is set to become a big seller amongst all road cyclists and sportive lovers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 2 Sep 2010
Great little book, love the layout and all the info you need is there, the only upsetting element is when you read your local big hill is a 3/10 and should take 8 minutes to get up....well not for me :-)

Really is a good little book and can help to plan trips if you like punishing your thighs....don't we all?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy book for any road cyclist 24 Feb 2011
This is an excellent resource for any cyclist keen on pitting themselves against some decent hills around Britain. Whilst we don't have any climbs on an alpine scale there are still some very good climbs to be found and this book documents, as the title suggests, 100 of them on a regional basis.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishful thinking for me 20 Nov 2010
I saw this book mentioned on various blogs and bought it out of curiosity. I'm glad that I did as it is a very interesting read and gives an insight into someone who is far a far better (roadie) cyclist than I will ever be.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring - get ready to plan weekends away 22 Sep 2010
I'm a late thirties cyclist who happened upon this book - I sense checked some of the North West climbs with my bro-in-law (successful triathlete) and he agreed the gradings were sound and accurate. Great write-ups for the climbs and the technique/punishment of the act of climbing itself. Lets face it, even as a 6'1" 15st bloke its still the imagery of climbing that is the essence of cycling and that you measure your buzz/level by.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cycle them all and find more!!
Love this.
Open it often to read the brilliant descriptions of hills, both before and after I cycle them.
Obviously doing the tick list!!
Published 8 days ago by J. Godfrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not Great
This was okay and the information on the climbs is great BUT I felt it lacked something. It was almost as if it followed every cliche and I'm not that convinced by the ranking... Read more
Published 17 days ago by J. Farnhill
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference book and 'Eye Spy' list
Useful reference book, and for those that are really serious you can use it as an 'Eye Spy' book of climbs to be ticked off your bucket list!
Published 17 days ago by Herbie Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice descriptions.
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Larmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Smash your legs to bits - go on, you know you want to!
Excellent book, gives a great insight into the best climbs around the country, including several with which I am *very* familiar! Read more
Published 1 month ago by D I Rayner
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired me to climb more
An excellent guide to 100 british climbs. It is a good size and provides a lot of useful information to allow you to find, prepare and tackle these climbs.

More please.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Michael A. Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ticked some off already - off to Cumbria soon to try the 'real' hills!
Published 1 month ago by nicola brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for cyclists:)
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great little book to go out and climb some hills !!!!
Published 2 months ago by paul cumner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. Ideal for cycling fanatics.
Published 2 months ago by dikdok
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