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Mountain High: Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs - Saddlebag Edition by Friebe, Daniel on 25/10/2012 unknown edition Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Alpine cycling guides 25 May 2016
By Dennis Ketterling - Published on
This guide to European cycling climbs was my main resource when I rode in the Italian Dolomites/Alps. As usual, it was a solo bicycle tour with my 100 lbs of bike and panniers.
My itinerary was:
Passo Croce d'Aune*
Passo di Cereda
Forcella Aurine
Passo San Pellegrino
Passo di Valles
Passo di Rolle
Passo del Brocon
Passo Forcella
Passo Nigra
Passo di Costalunga
Passo Pordoi*
Passo di Sella
Passo Fedaia*
Passo Duran
Forcella Staulanza
Passo Giau*
Passo Tre Croci
Tre Cime di Lavaredo*
Passo Tre Croci
Passo di Falzarego
Passo di Valparola
Passo di Campolongo
Passo Gardena
Passo di Mendola
Passo delle Palade
Passo dello Stelvio*
Passo Gavia*
Madonna di Ghisallo*

I also referred to it on another cycling trip in the French Alps, with side trips into Italy. That itinerary included:
Col des Montets
Col de la Forclaz (Martigny, Suisse)
Col du Grand St Bernard*
Col du Petit St Bernard
Courchevel (ski station)
Col de la Madeleine*
Col du Mollard
Col de la Croix de Fer*
Alpe d'Huez
Col de Sarenne
Col du Lauteret
Col d'Izoard*
Col Agnel/Colle dell'Agnello*
Col de la Lombarde
Col de la Bonette*
Col d'Allos
Col des Robines
Col de l'Orme
Col de la Pigière
Col de Macuegne
Col de l'Homme Mort
Col Notre Dame des Abeilles
Mont Ventoux
Col du Mont Sion

(*described in book)

This was one of the better guides to Euro climbs I've seen, with accurate descriptions, interesting anecdotes from cycling history, excellent photography, and excellent elevation charts. It describes the gradients, road conditions, alternate climbs, and whether or not "rest stop" facilities are available on the route, or on the sommet.

Besides the Italian and French climbs, it also lists major climbs in Spain, Austria, Belgium(!), and Andorra.

I really only have two quibbles with this fantastic guide. The minor one is that they don't list the categories of the climbs when used in the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana, and other major cycle races. The more serious problem is that the climbs are arranged in order by elevation, from lowest to highest. So, for instance, if you're climbing the Calar Alto in Spain at 2,155 metres , the next climb ("chapter") is the Colle delle Finestre, at 2,178 metres, which is in Italy. The next one is the Ordino-Arcalis, in Andorra, at 2,223 metres.

It would be more convenient to group the climbs in geographical vicinities, as I doubt that anyone is jumping from country to country to climb the next highest col in numerical order. During a trip involving a number of climbs, it involves jumping back and forth through the book to find the one of 50 climbs listed. Awkward, but far from a deal breaker.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone immersing themselves in the splendor of the European mountains.
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