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Epic Cycling Climbs

Michael Blann


Europe’s most majestic mountains and historic cycling climbs captured from the perspective of a former professional cyclist turned photographer

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The mountains of Europe have many different meanings to many different people. For the locals they are a way of life; for visitors they represent breathtaking beauty, active holidays and peaceful moments. For cyclists, however, the dramatic landscapes mean something quite different: suffering, pain, agony – and glory. From the Ardennes to the Alps, for over a century the mountains have provided the setting for the greatest cycling contests, where human determination and willpower can triumph over nature and opponents.

In recent years, as cycling’s popularity has changed our cities, made us more active and taken us down less-travelled roads, the mountains of Europe have become the primary destination for everyday riders who want to challenge themselves, experience the storied roads and escape their everyday lives. This book is aimed at all who wish to be inspired by those challenges or celebrate those personal victories. With tributes and personal recollections from leading road cyclists, the photographs and words coalesce into a visual depiction that transcends any single perspective and will inspire awe and wonder in anyone who wishes to confront the power of the mountains.

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'A pedal-crunching photography book ... it combines breathtaking landscape shots with personal recollections from leading road-racing cyclists'

'A paean to those impassive peaks that look on in silence as men on two wheels pedal their way past'
Daily Telegraph

'Explores the unique appeal of some of the most celebrated and feared climbs in the world'
Bikes e.t.c

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Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.5 x 30.5 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Publication date: 1 September 2016

ISBN: 9780500518915

About the Author

Michael Blann is a former professional cyclist turned photographer who works for the world’s leading creative agencies.

List of Contributors

Ivan Basso, Bernie Eisel, Andy Hampsten, Greg LeMond, Robert Millar, Allan Peiper, Stephen Roche