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. --Cycling Weekly 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. - London Cyclist An almost perfect handbook. --Time Out
The book does exactly what it says on the tin. The Sunday Times 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. Bromley Video 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 it's release. Brilliant. --The washing machine post
Great little digest of UK climbs, every cycling home should have one. --Road CC.
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.
Once you tick off all 100 there's also the sequel to contend with!
The book itself is well organised, with lovely photographs of the climb so you can familiarise yourself with the route before going, detailed directions as well as a synopsis of difficulty for each hill.
A must have book for all the weekend warriors out there.
It is slightly lacking though, I have good knowledge of my local area and would of chosen a number of different hills that would be above the ones that were included in the book itself. But that is with knowledge of the local area.
Gives an incentive to travel around the country and get them ticked.
Would be great to see a new edition put together with intial user contributions for areas, 100 could then be selected from them.
Or having a top 5/10 for each County with more details on the 5 and grid references and half a page of detail (if that) of some others.
All in all, a very nice little present for any avid cyclist!