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1.0 out of 5 stars
Could not be more underwhelmed! Waste of Money., 6 Jan 2011
Whilst many other reviewers have (imho) hit the nail on the head as to the failings of this book, I believe they have been over generous in their comments.
As a keen cyclist who travels to the Alps and follows The Tour annually I was excited by the prospect of this book and ordered immediately (in hardback...the pain...the cost...the waste!). On its arrival I was actually taken aback that an author of the calibre of Mr Sidwells would be connected to this paper thin (content not physical), 2nd rate, coffee table book.
Make no mistake, the cover aside, the photography is nice but nowhere near coffee table standard and surpassed by that found in most monthly cycling magazines. The substantive content looks like it was rattled off from (distant) memory or off the top of the head rather than from research. Either to meet a deadline or a lazy attempt to cash in quickly on a book buying audience who have been crying out for a book such as this.
It serves no purpose as a reference book from which cycling trips and projects can be planned (or maybe ticked off akin to Munro bagging in mountain walking) as the information lacks the depth and detail to give even a rough impression of the reality of the climbs.
That said, as a simple list of tour climbs (an expensive one at that) it is a very good one.
Do not waste your money on this book.