Great Cycling Climbs

The French Alps


A narrative exploration of all the facets that make France’s most scenic and inspiring mountain cycle routes more than just a bike ride.


ISBN: 9780500022719 Category:

Graeme Fife


The Alps are a place of legend for cyclists, road-racers and enthusiasts alike. Home to one of the most challenging sections of the Tour de France, the mountains offer some of Europe’s most challenging and glorious cycling climbs through Geneva, Chamonix, Annecy, Chamb√©ry, Grenoble, Le Bourg-d’Oisans and Barcelonnette.

In this comprehensive guide, teacher, passionate cycling enthusiast and author of one of the most renowned books on the Tour de France and L’Alpe d’Huez, Graeme Fife presents the greatest mountain routes of the Alps. Each journey is revealed in historical snapshots, humorous observations and stirring stories from cycling’s past, detailing the challenges of the climb and the key features to look out for along the way. A selection of photography of the routes and stunning scenery follows each chapter and hand-drawn maps document some of the most famous – and most challenging – climbs, both well- and lesser-known, including Chablais Massif, Grand Saint-Bernard, Col de la Colombi√®re, Mont du Chat and Col du Mont Noir.

Whether planning a weekend micro-adventure or an epic cycling escape, this beautifully illustrated guide is essential reading for cyclists of all stripes.

Additional information

Weight 1077 g
Dimensions 17.1 x 22.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 August 2019
Number of pages 352
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Peter Drinkell
Dimensions 17.1 x 22.5 cm
Weight 1077 g


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Previously a lecturer in Latin and Greek literature at the University of Reading, Graeme Fife is a writer and broadcaster who has written for BBC Radio and the World Service, as well as numerous articles for magazines and national newspapers. He is the author of eight books, including Tour de France: The History, the Legend, the Riders. Peter Drinkell is a photographer, filmmaker and sports therapist based in London.