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Epic Cycling Climbs

Michael Blann


An expanded edition of the popular landscape and photography book, celebrating the most majestic mountains and historic cycling climbs for enthusiasts and participants around the world.

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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. 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 publication 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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Further Details


Format: Hardback

Edition Type: Revised and expanded edition

Size: 25.5 x 30.5 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 26 March 2020

ISBN: 9780500023082

Contents List

Introduction by Michael Blann • The Art of Mountains, Susannah Osborne • The French Alps • The Pyrenees & Mont Ventoux • Switzerland • Spain • The Spanish Islands & Portugal • The Italian Alps & The Dolomites • Essays interwoven throughout

About the Author

Michael Blann is a former elite 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