Mountains

Epic Cycling Climbs

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Author: Michael Blann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500518915

Category:

Page: 224

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A photographic paean to the most beautiful peaks and grueling cycling climbs, for the growing audience of hardcore cycling tourists

Higher Calling

Road Cycling’s Obsession with the Mountains

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Author: Max Leonard

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473524156

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

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Why do road cyclists go to the mountains? Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask ‘Why?’ After all, cycling up a mountain is hard – so hard that, to many non-cyclists, it can seem absurd. But, for some, climbing a mountain gracefully (and beating your competitors up the slope) represents the pinnacle of cycling achievement. The mountains are where legends are forged and cycling’s greats make their names. Why are Europe’s mountain ranges professional cycling’s Wembley Stadium or its Colosseum? Why do amateurs also make a pilgrimage to these high, remote roads and what do we see and feel when we do? Why are the roads there in the first place? Higher Calling explores the central place of mountains in the folklore of road cycling. Blending adventure and travel writing with the rich narrative of pro racing, Max Leonard takes the reader from the battles that created the Alpine roads to the shepherds tending their flocks on the peaks, and to a Grand Tour climax on the ‘highest road in Europe’. And he tells stories of courage and sacrifice, war and love, obsession and elephants along the way.

The Wind At My Back

A Cycling Life

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Author: Paul Maunder

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472948122

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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A lone cyclist, disappearing into a wild landscape – brave, free, engaged with the world. It's the kind of image that sells bikes, magazines, clothing; a romantic image that all cyclists aspire to. For cycling is an activity deeply and intimately involved with landscape. The bicycle allows us to explore, to engage with wild places, and return in time for dinner. It also allows us to investigate our surroundings closer to home. It is an activity which, for most of us, happens at a speed that allows a great deal of voyeurism. We peer into houses and shops, gardens and farmyards, fields and hedgerows. What we see may be familiar or alien, but for the creative mind it is always stimulating. Yet – unlike with walking or swimming – the connection between cycling and creativity has only been explored in fragments. On a bicycle, as one is exposed to sights – new or otherwise, through chance or purposeful searching – the repetitive physical actions of cycling work on the mind in a different way to those of walking. The shape of a long ride can become the shape of a novel; the atmosphere imbued by the weather, the hills, the physical exertion, can all influence a writer's tone. Our memories have a dialogue with the landscape; we remember rides through the landscape, and the landscape shapes our thinking. And for Paul Maunder – a writer all his adult life – cycling and creativity have always been interlinked. In The Wind on Your Back, Maunder takes a journey from the most dense centres of population to the wild places; starting from cycling in a major city, then moving through suburbia, the edgelands at the periphery of the city, then into the managed and pastoral farmland, and beyond to the sublime mountains. He explores the experience and history of cycling in these different types of place, and seeks to understand how cycling has played a role in his own creative life as well as that of other cyclist-artists, musicians, photographers, writers and painters. Played out against the backdrop of the British countryside, and drawing of elements of psychogeography and human geography, Maunder seeks to understand the way the outside world interacts with the creative mind, and the way our surroundings help to shape who we are.

Cycling Climbs of Scotland

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Author: Simon Warren

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 1781012180

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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Presenting the sixth book in a series of eight UK regionalcycling climb guides from the author of the bestselling 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.; Wild, remote, windswept and downright epic, the climbs of Scotland are not for the faint of heart. Crossing weather-beaten islands and often snow-covered mountains, these great roads demand the utmost respect and are often set in scenes of indescribable beauty. The famous glens and lochs that draw visitors from around the globe are the backdrop to legends such as The Lecht, The Talla Wall and the one and only Bealach-nà-Ba. So if you like your cycling rough and rugged, if you crave fresh air and pristine wilderness, then head north to tackle the Cycling Climbs of Scotland.

100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of Italy

A guide to the famous mountains of the Giro d’Italia and beyond

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Author: Simon Warren

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472143043

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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From the Gavia Pass to Mount Etna, from The Stelvio to The Zoncalan, these climbs are legends in Italy and the building blocks of the Giro d'Italia. Technology may advance, training and diet may evolve, but these world-famous mountains are a constant. They have witnessed triumph and despair, courage and heartache, they are where champions are made and where dreams are shattered. And yes, the greatest arenas of Italy's greatest race are open 365 days of the year for any of us to ride. So take up the challenge, emulate your heroes and make your mark on the hundred greatest cycling climbs of Italy.

Britain's Greatest Cycling Climbs

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Author: Simon Warren

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711237100

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 1312

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Comprising a total of 545 ascents from the tip of Cornwall all the way up to the highlands of Scotland, the eight region-specific volumes of Britain’s Greatest Cycling Climbs contain the most comprehensive documentation of Britain’s hills ever compiled for road cyclists. Featuring original photography, key climbing statistics and location information, Simon Warren takes you on a detailed and engaging tour of the best (and most challenging) hill-climbing spots in the UK. Whether it’s a vicious incline on the North York Moors you crave, or a grind up one of the epic mountain passes in Wales, this ultimate resource for cycling enthusiasts will help you find what you are looking for. So pick a volume, choose a climb and saddle up for a ride to remember.

75 Classic Rides Washington

The Best Road Biking Routes

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Author: Mike McQuaide

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 1594855064

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

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The "classic" cycle routes for two of the nation's top biking destinations* Cycling routes that range from family-friendly paved bicycle paths to epic mountain-pass climbs* Easy-reference lists such as "Best Family-Friendly Rides," "Top Climbing Challenges," "Best Water Views," and more* Full color with maps, photographs, and lively turn-by-turn descriptionsFrom a 50-mile route around Orcas Island to an after-work ride through a Portland neighborhood, these new cycling guidebooks offer truly classic routes for two of the nation's most bike-crazy states. Whether you're soaring down a Cascade's pass or pumping along a frothy sea coast, you can bet your bottom bracket that you'll find miles of enjoyment in each of these75 Classic Rides. 75 Classic Rides is the new Mountaineers Books series authored by passionate local cyclists who've put thousands of miles on their bikes to bring you the very best road cycling routes across their state. The focus is on one-day rides (a mix of loops and one-way courses), but you'll also find suggestions for link-ups and some inspiring longer routes for touring, including at least one crossstate route. Terrain varies from flat, paved trails to epic mountain challenges.Sample routes in 75 Classic Rides: Washingtoninclude:- Packwood-Paradise-Stevens Canyon- Skagit (Mostly) Flats- Hurricane Ridge- Yakima Canyon- Walla Walla-Middle Waitsburg Loop

Mountain Bike Like a Champion

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Author: Ned Overend

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781579540814

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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A legendary mountain biking champion offers practical instructions, accompanied by entertaining anecdotes and reminiscences, on the essential techniques, skills, and tactics of mountain biking, offering tips on safety, developing a training program, equipment, and more. Original. 20,000 first printing.

75 Classic Rides Oregon

The Best Road Biking Routes

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Author: Jim Moore

Publisher: Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 1594856516

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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CLICK HERE to download two free rides from 75 Classic Rides Oregon * Bike riding trails that range from family-friendly paved biking paths to epic Oregon mountain-pass climbs * Features easy-reference lists to help you quickly find the biking riding trail for your interests and fitness level * Full-color guidebook with maps, photographs, and lively turn-by-turn route descriptions + FREE downloadable cue sheets for each route From an after-work ride through Portland's neighborhood streets or a family cycle along the flat Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, to a multi-day tour in the salty breezes of the Oregon coast -- if you're seeking the best bike trails in Oregon, you'll find plenty of blacktop bliss in 75 Classic Rides: Oregon. 75 Classic Rides is a Mountaineers Books series authored by passionate local cyclists who've put thousands of miles on their bikes to bring you the very best bike riding trails across their given state. The focus is on one-day routes (a mix of loops and one-way courses), but you'll also find suggestions for link-ups and some inspiring, longer routes for touring, including at least one cross-state route. Terrain varies from flat paved trails to epic mountain challenges. The bonus is all rides found within 75 Classic Rides also come with FREE downloadable ride cue sheets for each trip. Downloadable ride cue sheets are free with purchase of your book. Each route description starts with the basic essentials to get you going: a brief overview, full-color map, elevation profile, difficulty level, round-trip distance, road conditions, and advice on the best season to ride. Full narrative descriptions tell what sights to expect, best towns for food or a cup of coffee, safety info on road shoulders and bike lanes, as well as turn-by-turn descriptions and mileage logs.

Climbs and Punishment

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Author: Felix Lowe

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448171660

Category: Travel

Page: 368

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**Shortlisted for Cycling Book of the Year at the Cross British Sports Book Awards 2015** Cycling journalist Felix Lowe makes the leap from raconteur to rouleur, taking to the saddle for the first time to complete his very own grand tour of Europe. Lowe's light-hearted and entertaining travelogue charts his progress as he cycles 2,800 kilometres from Barcelona to Rome, crossing three countries and cycling over three mountain ranges, taking in some of cycling's most fabled climbs. As he follows in the tracks of some of the world's greatest wheelmen, Lowe puts professional cycling's three major stage races – the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Giro d'Italia – under the microscope, whilst capturing the potent mix of madness, humour and human spirit that make people identify with the sport so strongly. Powered by local delicacies and his trademark blend of self-deprecating humour and barbed wit, Lowe takes readers on an immersive journey through the Catalonian countryside, over the Pyrenean foothills and the rolling plains of Languedoc, through the flowery fields of Provence, over winding Alpine passes, between the vineyards and olive groves of Piedmont, and down the Apennine backbone of Italy. His epic quest traces the footsteps of the celebrated Carthaginian general Hannibal, who led his own pachyderm peloton of 37 elephants over the Alps and all the way to the gates of Rome. As much about the regions traversed as the cyclists who have left their sweat in the soil, Lowe's insightful account celebrates the sport, examines the psychology of both the crazed amateur and the pedalling pro, and delves into the awesome march of a military genius who almost brought the Roman Empire to its knees.