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Mountain Kings: Agony and Euphoria on the Peaks of the Tour De France Paperback – 15 May 2013
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About the Author
Author Giles Belbin is a keen road cyclist. Through his total passion for the sport, he has carved out a part-time career as a cycling journalist writing for cycling website dailypeloton.com and cult cycling magazine boneshaker, as well as publishing and editing The Cycling Post. Giles was also part of the journalistic team covering the cycling events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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The Mountains - each chapter has all the relevant details of it's size, length and gradient and when it had been used in the Tour however the beauty of the book is that the author rides them himself giving vivid descriptions of each part of the climb and what it meant to him, the fear, the agony and all interwoven with tales of the great historical battles that have taken place over the years between the famous tour climbers. It is exiting and compelling reading.
There are many beautiful photographs which show the reader what each climb is like and the magnificent scenery most of which is lost when watching the Tour on TV. This helps to put you there and perhaps gives you an idea of the pain. The author features 25 of the famous climbs - magical names that alone paint their own pictures - Col D'Aspin, Peyresourde, Marie-Blanque, The Tourmalet, Alp D'Huez, Col De La Madeleine, Galibier and of course the notorious Ventoux. In all 25 featured mountains each with their own wonderful stories.
The Riders - features 23 profiles of the great climbers past and present with their own stories of how they won and lost on the mountains. Again magical names to conjure great memories of their exploits - Luis Ocana, Eddy Merckx, Fignon, Anquetil, Coppi and Bobbet, Indurain, Pantani, Hinault, Robert Miller, Charlie Gaul, Wiggins and perhaps the greatest of them all - the great Bahamontes.
The basic description says that this is a "paperback" but that is very misleading.Read more ›
If you're a fan of the Tour, then this is a great little book covering the famous climbs and some of the greats who have made the tour great by riding those climbs. You're probably going to buy this anyway. You should. If you're wondering why some of us are so keen of the Tour, then buy this book and find out. While watching Cavendish win sprints in Paris is exciting, it's the mountains that really make the race.
Each chapter covers one of the great climbs. Included is a gradient map, showing the slope of each mountain. This is a nice little detail, often missed in books of this sort - they often just show a map of the route. Each of these mountains has been ridden by the author and includes his experience of the climb.
After the history of the climb, you get a chapter on one of the heroes of the climb, all the way from the first tour to some of the truly great climbers in tour history.
I would love to ride some of these mountain routes, but my ability to climb is nearly non-existent (too many knee injuries.) Still, the descents would be fun!
So a nice read with some excellent photographs and nicely researched histories. I only wished I had the hardback.
Nicely written and containing some iconic images (many of which convey the pain these guys went through) this book also lists the great climbs of the tour, from the saddle.
Armchair enthusiasts and amateur cyclists will both enjoy this book.
This book brings a refreshing twist with Giles Belbin's documentation of riding these famous peaks alongside the stories of famous races.
His honest account makes a refreshing contrast to the epic tails of tour glory. If you fancy riding any of the Cols yourself this book is a must! Mountain Kings is a great all-rounder!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic pictures and a great writing on the chapters make this a MUST HAVE for the cycling enthusiast. Click add to basket.Published on 30 Jan. 2014 by SusanoWo
A well written book supplemented with excellent photographs. The book is written from experience which adds to the realism of the narrative.Published on 5 Sept. 2013 by Mr S J Penney
This is a book for those who love riding the mountain stages of the Tour de France, and those who just love reading about them (or a companion to those who love watching... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by JoMaynard
Really enjoyed reading this book about the mountains of the Tour de France. The writer really lest you in on his recons of each mountain, and I like the format with the chapters on... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by Herbie Green
I am a tour follower and often travel to see one stage or another,this book gives me my fix until the next tour,the whole events struggle is in this well written book,including... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by pashor
Having been cycling properly for a year now and always had an interest in the KOM stages in le Tour, I eagerly awaited this book. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2013 by khisanth
This book as reviewed and described elsewhere is a collection of mountain climbs and key cyclists from the history of the Tour de France. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by Stevetrumpet
Giles Belbin's book of the famous Tour de France mountains and the riders who made their names on them is an interesting read. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by NeilC