From the Inside Flap
Following the success of Mountain High comes a volume focusing on the continent's extreme, undiscovered and unforgettable mountain roads and passes. From the asphyxiating altitude of the Ötztal Glacier Road in Austria, to the Czech mountain where witches gather for their Sabbath, passing via the 'secret' side of the legendary Alpe d'Huez, Mountain Higher explores 50 soon-to-be cult locations and captures stunning scenery from off the beaten track. Daniel Friebe's text draws on interviews with legendary riders like Fabian Cancellara, Gilberto Simoni and Carlos Sastre to peel back layer upon layer of history and mystique, celebrating the bike racers and in many cases the explorers and mountaineers who have scaled these daunting heights. Among the featured climbs are some considered too difficult or remote even to be included in professional races, and hence made even more tantalizing for the cyclist under no such constraints. A few are world-famous, while others remain unknown even to men and women living in their shadow. All 50 are, without exception, utterly compelling, truly memorable rides. Featuring the technical details (maps, profiles, lengths, heights) that made Mountain High an indispensable reference book, as well as dynamic descriptions of the routes themselves and Pete Goding's breathtaking photography, this book is a stylish and practical guide to the hidden gems that every cyclist who loves the mountains needs to know.
From the Back Cover
Europe's most challenging and spectacular mountain roads and passes.