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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; 1st Edition edition (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857386247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857386243
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 2.2 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'you'll love Daniel Friebe's new book, Mountain High' Mail on Sunday.

'This showcase of Europe's 50 greatest cycle climbs is nicely illustrated and packed full of information' Amateur Photographer.

'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.

'comprehensive, stat-filled route profiles, sumptuous photography and evocative writing ... Pete Goding's photography is stunning' Outdoor Fitness.

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Mountain High is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and stylish tribute to the hills and mountains that have become cycling's sacred places. Included here are 50 of Europe's legendary climbs - the scenes of sporting heroism, the marvels of nature and the places of pilgrimage that every biker rider or fan wishes to one day visit and conquer. Packed with spectacular photography, maps, detailed climb profiles and practical advice on each route, Daniel Friebe's engaging text explains why each ascent merits inclusion with superb descriptions of the majestic scenery, the heroic deeds of the great riders and the sheer endeavour and exhilaration of reaching the summit. With over 250 specially commissioned photographs taken by specialist cycling photographer Pete Goding, this is a unique and truly awe-inspiring guide to Europe's greatest mountains. Ideal for both armchair aficionados and active cyclists of all interests and abilities - from experienced club racers to recreational riders who might just want to take on one great cycling challenge - featured climbs include Tour de France icons Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Mont Ventoux, Col d'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 mountains that have become part of cycling legend.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 26 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a bit of a reference so that I can plan a trip abroad and being a sucker for a bit of pain it's helped me work out the area I will stay in. The pictures are amazing and the detailed description and elevation profile of each climb is very well thought out. Any cyclist that loves climbing will really enjoy this book as it also goes into the history of each climb.

Just buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KRISTINE on 4 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful images. Excellent format. Good choices regarding the 50 selected climbs. I did not know them all, and I am some what a nerd regarding road racing, so I had my list of climbs to visit expanded a bit. What more to ask then? Well, a bit more text perhaps. However, if you know any one with a passion for riding, they should receive this one for xmas.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 28 Jan. 2012
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This book is everything the book "Tour Climbs" should have been and failed to achieve. A book to read, display and plan trips with. Well done. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mavrick on 1 Feb. 2012
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Fantastic,great pictures and a wonderful insight into each stage.The details and the stories of how specific stages and tunnels were constructed is amazing.This book has impressed me so much,I have booked a holiday in the French Alps,purely to go and see some of the places in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 25 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Really great photos and clearly written with knowledge and passion. Helps to have a copy of the 'cyclopedia' next to you when reading if you are not overly familiar with cycling terms. French to English dictionary would come in hand as well.

Really enjoyable to sit back with on the sofa with a beer after a what you thought was a hard ride!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Wood on 16 Aug. 2012
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Ok, so it's not something you will pack into your bidon as you head out for a ride in the Alps, but this book is a must for any cycling fan who wants an insight into the history and folklore behind some of Europe's greatest climbs, as well as some high level information on the various approaches / climbs involved. I was slightly let down by the fact that the Col du Grand Saint Bernard is described as not being in the same league as other Swiss passes such as the Furka, Spulgen or the Grimsel and yet neither of these three passes features in the book. However, this is a minor gripe against what is otherwise a highly enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CR on 20 Jan. 2012
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I was bought this book as a present and it's excellent, especially for a tenner! I've cycled up a few of the climbs and the book is excellent as it gives you a bit of the history of each climb and helps the reader understand why each one is so special. I'm sure there will be people who think some other routes should have been in there, but the selection covers all the main favourites from the big stage races and the classics.

I like the tales of races where the climb was used through the years and that there are quotes from some of the climbers themselves relating to each climb too. There is also a panel showing the vital statistics of each climb (average gradient, height gain etc) and a profile showing how the gradient changes on the way up (for several routes up the same mountain in many cases).

The photographs selected are great and it's leaving me wanting to go out to mainland Europe and climb every one of those Cols myself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Knight on 15 Jan. 2014
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Inspiration for my plan this year...I've climbed 7 of the 50...one of them 6 times..only 43 to go...with any luck I'll post an update to this around October !
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Quick Sept 2014 update.. In addition to the above.. Managed Montegrappa, got a way up the Zoncolan before we had to stop due to the giro coming through (wouldn't have made it anyway without a 32 casette!!) and turning to climb 50 in the book...did the Pico de Veleta in July...a 40km 3398m beast of a climb.. Make sure you've got plenty to drink with you once you're past the barrier... Great days cycling from Granada!
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