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Tour Climbs: The complete guide to every mountain stage on the Tour de France [Kindle Edition]

Chris Sidwells
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Book Description

The first book to cover in detail every major climb ever used in the Tour de France, including detail on the actual route (with maps and profile), length, height, list of winners and route descriptions of how to emulate the King of the Mountains and get from the bottom to the top.

Every year the Tour de France is said to only really start when it reaches the first mountain stages: the drama of the race only really begins as the climbers take over in the Pyrenees, Vosges or Alps. The Tour is also the most famous classic in cycling and draws huge audiences to the TV and internet coverage (the official web site holds the world record for number of hits excluding search engines).
But the route of the Tour is not just for professionals. A growing number of people now take their bikes and actually do a stage of the Tour (the Etap - for amateurs, which this year attracted 8,000 people to climb one of the hardest mountain stages in the Tour) or spend a week doing some of the more notorious climbs (Ventoux - where Tommy Simpson died in the 50s).
This book is for everyone who watches the Tour and has even the slightest of an inkling that they'd like to do at least one of the climbs. Packed with information on each climb, this is the ultimate guide to the Tour climbs, which will remain important for many years to come (the Tour only uses a set number of climbs, which they return to every couple of years).
Contents - Eastern Pyrenees, Central Pyrenees, Western Pyrenees, Vosges & Jura, Massif & Cevennes, Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps

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About the Author

Chris Sidwells is a bestselling author, journalist, photographer and broadcaster; a writer of books, magazine and newspaper features on every aspect of cycling and fitness.

Product Details

  • File Size: 160094 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (July 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite the "Complete Guide" August 19, 2013
The potted histories, background notes and the overview of each climb make this a nice book to have, but if you're planning to have a crack at one of the famous ascents you'll need to look elsewhere for the gritty details such as the all important kilometre by kilometre breakdown of the gradients.

There is a good introductory section, then each climb gets it's own well written narrative alongside some nice photographs and sketch maps. Each climb is also given a 1 to 5 star ranking..and I'm afraid it's here that I slightly fall out with the book. How the ranking system works isn't clear from the text but the star grading seems to have been arrived at by some mysterious combination of climb difficulty and climb fame (especially in the English speaking world). The bizarre result of this is that some of the supposedly lowly "3 star" climbs in the Pyrenees are in reality just as brutal, nasty and long as some of the "5 star" climbs in the Alps. Not a big deal when the book stays on the coffee table but it's something which could come as a "leg breaking" shock to the tyro who, having read the book, sets out for a pleasant ride up the likes of the Plateau de Beille!

I'd still rate it as a very good book for the cycling fan, but a bit short of being a "complete guide" for a serious cyclist - nevertheless still worth having on the bookshelf.
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This book, with its historical anecdotes, route descriptions, photos, and rudimentary maps is a valuable tool for anyone planning to visit France to ride some of the famous climbs on the Tour de France. Of the climbs that I've ridden, I found the route descriptions to be accurate, including the all-important gradients at each stage of the climb. If I could wish for any improvements, I would like to see a much more detailed map for each climb, as well as more photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars European Climbing Guide November 23, 2012
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Great book, great photography, planning to go to Europe to climb this is a good starting point and a very good motivator /spur to do it. When you get there and can identify the photos, makes it all worthwhile and then the book acts as a record as well.
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