4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2013
I had no aspiration to ride in Belgium at all until this little number popped up in my Amazon recommendations. Having bought both of Simon Warren's previous books..how could I resist? But yet again he has created the perfect pocket guide to the gravitational ticklist any cyclist venturing towards Belgium should have. In fact I found this the most readable of his three guides with a decent amount of history thrown in with the climb detail. Simon needs a massive round of applause for taking on this project and us cyclists need to make it all worthwhile by ticking them all off and then waiting with bated breath for his next list (whilst begging for photos of cyclists on the climbs).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
Would recommend this book to anyone who has the urge to conquer some tough Belgian ascents!
Or perhaps to just read and dream of climbing them!
Its small enough to fit into a backpack or with some coaxing the back pocket of your cycle jersey/jacket
It has left me with an even greater respect for the riders who tackle the climbs and pavé, pros and amateurs.
Am now considering the other publications by Mr Warren but would really like to conquer Belgium first with the aid of this guide.
Maybe one day!
on 8 July 2015
I live in Belgium and am a keen cyclist. This pocket sized guide is terrific and I will hunt down as many as the climbs as possible. However, as another reader has suggested, the omission of Triple Mur de Monty is a mystery as it puts other inclusions to shame; 2 days ago, before the TdeF came through, I rode Cote de Bohisseau (rated 6/10 by the author), the Cote D'Ereffe (2/10), Cote de Cherave (not included) and Mur de Huy (10/10). Cherave, which is not in the guide, was equally as tough as Mur de Huy for me, but neither of them had me close to dismounting which was certainly not the case when I tackled the Triple Mur de Monty! Debating the content of guide books is, of course, part of the fun and doubtless, in the case of Hellingen, this will take place within our group after a nasty climb and over one of Belgium's wonderful trappist beers. Great stuff!
on 10 April 2013
Just taken receipt of my Hellingen book.
I must admit I was doubtful of the subject matter due to my lack of understanding of the area, however just based on a quick flick through I reckon this might be the author's best one yet.
It's as much as guide to the history, cycling heritage and culture of the areas as it is a guide to the hills and should enhance my understanding of all the early season races of the region.
I'm off to find some cobbles...