100 Greatest Cycling Climbs book

 

We like to set ourselves a goal each year, usually an epic adventure including a mountain top finish, but we feel we've been rather out done by journo and friend Simon Warren. He's written and published a fabulous new book, aptly named 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs - a Road Cyclist's Guide to Britain's Hills.

 

 

100 Greatest British Climbs

 

 

Not just an inspiring guide book featuring some of the best, steepest, most picturesque and longest climbs available on our soil, but it's also pocket sized, so you can carry it with you up the famous hill climbs in England, Scotland and Wales. We particluar enjoyed the useful introduction section including a glossary and what makes a good climber section!

 

The routes are categorised into regional chapters and each climb is accompanied by a factfile of where to find it, a grid reference, length, height gain and approximate climb time. You get an inspiring photo and description of the climb too, our favourite and must ride is the Shibden Wall, Halifax, West Yorkshire. A short and steep cobbled climb that looks like the road out of the 'Hovis' commercial, at 1-in-4 it's a steepy and a lung buster, despite being only 910m long, but what a way to gain 133m in only a few minutes? We're off now to work out a longer route that will include this bad boy and perhaps we will ride it sometime between Christmas and New Year to burn off the mince pies!

Maybe we'll try to tick all 100 off next year? There's a handy 'Conquer Them All' section at the back, where you can tick off your hill climb one by one, with room for date and time too if you're feeling competitive! We feel a road trip coming on!

 

You can buy this perfect stocking filler from the publisher Frances Lincoln Ltd or of course Amazon.

Price: £7 approx (£8.99 RRP)

Website: Frances Lincoln Ltd

Details: 175 pages, 100 great climbs!

Author: Simon Warren

 

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