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100 Greatest Cycling Climbs: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Britain's Hills Paperback – 3 Jun 2010
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A must-have for any British cyclist and an essential read for anyone who thinks they know their way around the hills of the British Isles.||
Once you've opened pandora's box you won't be able to show up at your next club run until you've bagged them all.||
At no bigger than a couple of fag packets, the book does what it says on the tin: a photo, a map and profile of the 100 best-known climbs. I love this book, partly because Warren has ridden all the hills,much like a wine connoisseur swills a new vintage, and partly because I can keep the book snug in my jacket and mull over the climbs whenever I'm not on a bike.||
Chock full of wonderful shots of valleys and long winding roads, this pocket-sized guide holds great value for photographers - particularly as Simon's chosen locations double as photographic spots.||
Where does an aspiring grimpeur turn for inspiration and the climber's equivalent of the knowledge? If you'd asked me this last month I would have had to develop the pixel simile for shrugged shoulders. Bowmore Main Street is quite steep, and Port Askaig Brae at 14% is hardly the most welcoming sight a touring cyclist has been met with on arriving at Islay. But there has to be more, even for those who get out a bit more than I do. Simon Warren is that very man. In similar manner to the obsessive trainspotter, Mr Warren is an obsessive hillclimber and, on this evidence, collector and documentor of same. Gathered in this perfectly formed, compact and bijou volume are 100 of the finest climbs the UK has to offer, all mapped, illustrated and rated. '100 Greatest Cycling Climbs' is one of those books that you always thought existed, but didn't. The panoply of UK cycling ephemera is greatly enhanced with its release, and while not so lavish a production as the recent road climbs of the Pyrenees from rapha, it is just as necessary an addition to the bookcase. Mr Warren is to be applauded for his obsessive work, and the publishers congratulated for their faith. Brilliant.||
Benefits hugely from simple, well-considered layouts, incline graphs and maps... An almost pefect handbook.||
Yep, you read that right. There is actually a book with 'great' and 'cycle climbs' together on the cover. I'm a great believer of free press and all that, but this one should be top of the list for spreading such silly ideas. He must have meant it in the'most hellish' sense.
Oh all right, not really. For the masochistic among us, this book will be a great tick list of challenges. A fun, pocket-sized book.
Lovingly detailing major ascents and inviting the reader to join in the fun and tackle them. With diffuiculty ratings, profiles and location data this is a terrific inspiration for dreams of next summer's epic ride in unexplored areas.
About the Author
SIMON WARREN has been obsessed with cycling since the summer of 1989 after watching Greg Lemond battle Laurent Fignon in the Tour de France. A few weeks later he rode his first race, a 10 mile time trial on the A1 from Newark to Grantham and back. Although not having what it took to beat the best, he found his forte was racing up hills, and so began his fascination with steep roads. His quest to discover Britain's greatest climbs resulted in the bestselling 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, followed by Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Hellingen: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Belgium's Greatest Cycling Climbs and 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of the Tour de France: A Cyclist's Guide to Riding the Mountains of the Tour. Simon works during the day as a magazine art editor and lives in Walthamstow, east London with his wife and two children.
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View it as the Mamils equivalent of an ''I Spy'' book of hills.
Some of the hills you will question why they are included as they seem too ''easy'' for the top 100 climbs eg Cheddar or the Rundlestone but that isn't the point of the book as the hills are all challenging either due to their aggressive inclination or simply the length of climb but usually the hills are within fantastic locations which are great cycling regions to further explore. Buy the book and give yourself a 100 challenges.
The photos are excellent, the information is well presented and the book is the ideal size - I can see myself referring to 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs for years to come.
The descriptions are good and have little comments that really 'gelled' with me. I was pleasantly surprised to find the book was almost pocket sized, although not sure why. Reading this made me want to try the hardest hill in there - rated at 11/10! I did it but much more slowly than the author.
Some of the climbs show a side-on view of the climb, and all show a factfile of where it is and how to get there. If you like cycling, especially if you're a 'roadie', then this book will be of interest and will make you want to venture out to these picturesque places. Perhaps even pit yourself against the author for time taken to get up the hills.
I gave this 5 stars because, quite simply, I liked the book. It serves no particular purpose but is nice to flick through on a winter's evening when I am thinking about where we'll go next Summer.
It's a lovely perfectly sized book, with the authors passion for climbing really shining through. I loved the line about climbs being the stadia for cyclists. As previously mentioned by other reviewers the tick list is a great little touch and although I've done most of my local climbs a few times I'm not ticking them off until I've done them again.
One slight addition that would maybe have been helpful, would've been the inclusion of a list of contact numbers for tourist information, hostels etc for each region although this info is available on the internet it would be handy having it all in one place if you are planning a trip away to visit any of the locations.
Oh and there is a mistake on Hardknott and Wrynose passes. Jubilee Bridge is to the West of Hardknott and Fellfoot Farm is to the East of Wyrnose. A simple mistake but would mean that you haven't done the climbs intended if you followed the directions in the book.
Other than that one of the best cycling guides I've seen in years.
The layout of the book is clean and the accompanying text and images are clear and concise. The only thing I would suggest is that it would have been useful to add the average hill gradient to the ascent and distance, it is fairly easy to make these calculations with some basic mathematics but I still think it would have been handy. I do find the difficulty rating is fairly useful though.
Really is a good little book and can help to plan trips if you like punishing your thighs....don't we all?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looking forward to taking on some of the more 'local' climbs covered. Good price and speedy delivery.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good as a motivation to climb local hills, and explore more further afield.Published 9 months ago by Lee C
Great book for cycling addicts like me husband. He know has a spreadsheet of all the climbs and wants to do everyone. Be warned you my end up a cycling widow if you buy this bookPublished 10 months ago by Mrs L E Jeffers