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Hellingen: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Belgium's Greatest Cycling Climbs [Paperback]

Simon Warren
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1 April 2013

From the author who brought you 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs comes another essential guide to vertical pain. This time Simon Warren has turned his attention to the famous climbs of Belgium and the ascents that define the world’s greatest single day bike races. From the rugged cobbles of the Tour of Flanders, to the jagged peaks of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and beyond, this pocket guide pinpoints fifty climbs that once ridden will give a true appreciation of the races they epitomise. If you thought Belgium was flat … think again.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711234027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711234024
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 11 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Warren's marvelous series of tiny gazetteers ... school-boy geography might not alert you to the considerable undulations of Flanders and Wallonia. Anyone with a taste for cycling's spring classics, however, will know that the country's hills might be short - but they are famously brutal. Warren guides readers through 50 côtes and kops, providing detailed instructions for finding them and notes on the road surfaces and steepness. Along the way he provides a potted guide to beer, cobbles and the fractious Kingdom's painfully split identity.

It is a brilliant addition to his little franchise and had me reaching for the Harwich ferry timetable long before the half-way point.'


'Cycle jerseys come with three rear pockets, and if they've half a brain cell between them, the UCI ought to issue a compulsory edict that makes it mandatory to place a copy of hellingen in the centre pocket of each and every jersey sold. owning a copy isn't an option, it's imperative.'


"Although I have ridden many of these climbs already, 'Hellingen' makes me want to get out the maps and plan to cover the remaining ones on the list.  Irresistible fun, with or without the excellent beer.'


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. His other titles for Frances Lincoln are 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs (9780711231207) and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs (9780711232655)


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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will lead me badly astray 15 May 2013
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I had no aspiration to ride in Belgium at all until this little number popped up in my Amazon recommendations. Having bought both of Simon Warren's previous books..how could I resist? But yet again he has created the perfect pocket guide to the gravitational ticklist any cyclist venturing towards Belgium should have. In fact I found this the most readable of his three guides with a decent amount of history thrown in with the climb detail. Simon needs a massive round of applause for taking on this project and us cyclists need to make it all worthwhile by ticking them all off and then waiting with bated breath for his next list (whilst begging for photos of cyclists on the climbs).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good little bedside (or bike ride!) book. 10 Jun 2013
By Josie
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Would recommend this book to anyone who has the urge to conquer some tough Belgian ascents!
Or perhaps to just read and dream of climbing them!
Its small enough to fit into a backpack or with some coaxing the back pocket of your cycle jersey/jacket

It has left me with an even greater respect for the riders who tackle the climbs and pavé, pros and amateurs.

Am now considering the other publications by Mr Warren but would really like to conquer Belgium first with the aid of this guide.
Maybe one day!
Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the Koppenburg! 7 July 2014
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Ideal for my trip to Belgium to check out the fabled cobbled climbs.

Excellent description of each of the climbs with a maps that help you get to them.

The additional information of Flanders and Wallonia is a nice little bonus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide 14 Jun 2014
By A Cain
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As I travel through Belgium quite a bit I bought this so as to discover many of the places to go road biking that I would otherwise miss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great service 6 April 2014
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If you like your cycling, this book is great. Especially useful when watching the tour of Flanders, or planning your route around it!
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