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Mountain High: Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2011
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
on 4 December 2011
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
on 28 January 2012
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
on 1 February 2012
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
on 25 January 2012
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
on 16 August 2012
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
on 20 January 2012
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
on 15 January 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2012
When you open this book you immediately start dreaming about yourself climbing the nice slopes that appear in the pics. Very well organized book, with nice photos and good explanations about of the profiles, etc. Chapeau!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2011
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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