This is a great book and unlike the majority of cycling books on "great climbs" is not focused on the climbs of the TDF. As you might expect from the author the majority of the passes are in Austria, Switzerland and Italy. It has a host of useful information although the prinicpal drawback is that the descriptions and route notes are primarily only relevant to the direction the route was climbed. Slightly annoyingly, many of these are not from the "classic" side, used in the Giro, Tour de Suisse etc. Also the gradings of the climbs from Easy to Difficult are highly subjective and must have been very dependent on how he was feeling "on the day". Anyone who finds the Giau and the Fedaia "medium" the same as the nearby Rolle, must have been on a good one.
Overall though its a great book and a good source of inspiration when planning a trip, particularly as it contains many little known climbs.
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Excellent book - comprehensive, concise and practical information. There are stories related to the passes. All you need when planning to cycle in Alps. In the edition description of the road/tarmac state is a little outdated. I found it always better so no problem. Thanks Rudolf Geser.