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Tour Climbs: The complete guide to every mountain stage on the Tour de France by [Sidwells, Chris]
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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)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FPYWXC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #835,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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