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Mountain High: Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs [Hardcover]

Daniel Friebe , Pete Goding
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27 Oct 2011

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.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; 2011 First Edition edition (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857386247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857386243
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,689 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 26 Oct 2011
By Dan
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
4.0 out of 5 stars supreme value for the money 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the badger! 28 Jan 2012
By Dave
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cycling Heaven. 1 Feb 2012
By Mavrick
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any cycling nerd's coffee table 16 Aug 2012
By S. Wood
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mountain High: Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs 25 Jan 2012
By Rob
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book for keen cyclists 29 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must have for anyone keen on cycling. You can dip in and out at leisure and each section is detailed and has a selection of interesting facts. The pictures are also superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational stuff 15 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful pictures, great gift for cycling nuts
Published 9 days ago by Dr Vanessa A Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars This beautiful book has dictated my cycling holidays since its...
This beautiful book has dictated my cycling holidays since its publication. Four of us are working our way through the climbs (30 done thus far). Read more
Published 13 days ago by MD Mortimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for those who love to climb.
Beautiful pictures that make you want to pack your things today and leave for the alps. It contains lots of statistics so you can pick your rides. Love and recommend it.
Published 13 days ago by Georg F. Keferboeck
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best climbing guide for Europe
This is the best climbing guide for Europe, but remember this is for Europe so only has a handful of climbs in each area. Read more
Published 16 days ago by M K Derham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I bought this book as a present for my cycling mad Husband - he was delighted with the gift, having completed some of the rides already he is raring to tackle some more.
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Goodall
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide
This is a great guide to the cols in the book but as it is Europe you have too many to choose from. The author has the delight/chore of which ones to be included. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars v.good
very good book that paints a picture of the climbs and how they came to be used in in the grand tours (maybe a bit too much) and technical data oneach mountain from various sides. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Vincent Guerin
5.0 out of 5 stars A good little publication
What a gem!A no nonsense,easy to read and very well written book that does exactly what it says on the cover. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain High
Quick delivery.Book in excellent condition. Would definitely recommend.Great read. full of detail, inspiring pictures to get you seriously motivated. Go for it
Published 8 months ago by Alistair Hadden
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I wish there were better maps. But the writing gives some history and makes it a readable book with the great photos.
Published 8 months ago by V. A. Smith
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