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Mountain High: Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs - Saddlebag Edition
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2012
I recently received this as a present, and it's a beautiful book. Great evocative photos and historical anecdotes, and enough technical details to be useful to a cyclist planning on riding the climbs. A great way to indulge myself. The only problem is finding the time to plan the trips now...
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on 31 January 2012
Superb photos, very informative text. I bought it to find out a little more about the cols I will be climbing in July. However the book is far more than that, with history around each mountain and graphs to show elevation from each direction.
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on 15 July 2014
This is the best climbing guide for Europe, but remember this is for Europe so only has a handful of climbs in each area. Each climb comprehensively covered with detailed gradient profiles, routes from all directions on climbs, history and good photos. For climbs for TDF only then the 100 Greatest Climbs book gives many more options, although it is necessarily limited buy its size/format and does not have as complete information.

I have both books and think this is the best way for the greatest detailed coverage.
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on 18 August 2012
I am not an avid road cyclist, but we have a friend who is. He regularly takes in annual trips to "Etapes du Tour" following some of the great mountain climbs of the big cycling tours (France, Italy and Spain). As a non cyclist it is difficult for me to judge this book in cycling terms, but if you have ridden some of these climbs there are plenty of illustrations to bring the memories flooding back if you have. We are hoping that this will be a good present for Christmas for our cycling pal!
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on 16 January 2013
This is a beautiful book that will inspire anyone who loves cycling to go out and climb the mountains of Europe. Wonderful colour pictures are matched with mouthwatering descriptions of the classic climbs from the Tour, Vuelta and Giro. The history is here too - each mile takes you in a peloton with the greats of the sport as you climb with Indurain and Mercx into the clouds. If you love cycling and it's history you will love this book.
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on 1 October 2014
Check out my review of Mountain Higher by the same author. An indispensable, thorough guide to climbing in Europe and includes "gradient graphs" for each kilometre of climbing, features of the climb, associated history, helpful tips and information and location(s) of refreshments, etc, where available.

Excellent and a must-have guide and interesting reading even for other road users, I would venture to say
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on 22 October 2014
Fabulous guide book! Inspiring pictures and stories about legendary climbs. Facts and figures also clearly explained. This book makes you want to get over to france and ride. I was luck enough to be in Alpe D'Huez in August this year and this book drove me on to ride several TDF cols in the area including Alpe D'Huez, Col de Glandon and Croix der Fer. Every time I see it at home I can't resist having a peek - just brilliant!
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on 21 October 2013
At £12.95, this book feels like an absolute bargain given the quality production and plethora of beautiful photos. The text is insightful and full of interesting history and anecdotes and the gradient profiles for the different routes offers easily digestible information at a glance. It is a truly motivating book, and I cannot wait to attack the ones I have not yet climbed - although some of them do look pretty terrifying !
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on 18 July 2014
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). The selection is spot on and the reviews of each climb are very well written, blending history and geographical description perfectly. The photos are also superb and this book would be just as appealing to a non-cyclist with an interest in mountains and travel.
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on 14 May 2013
Here is a tip, Read reviews.
I have just read a race for mad men and loved it, thought I would buy Chris Sidwells book of Tour climbs.
I read the reviews of it and then read the reviews of Mountain High.
I intend to do trips to the Alps for a secound time the Pyrenees, spain and Italy, Mountain High give's you history, loctaion, gradiants and excellent photography.
Well worth it.
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