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Tour Climbs: The complete guide to every mountain stage on the Tour de France Kindle Edition
|Length: 256 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
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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.