Belgium's Greatest Cycling Climbs

Belgium's Greatest Cycling Climbs by Simon Warren

A Road Cyclist's Guide to Belgium's Famous "Hellingen"

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Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9780711238060
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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From the author who brought you 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs comes another essential guide to vertical pain. This time Simon Warren has turned his attention to the famous climbs of Belgium and the ascents that define the world’ s greatest single day bike races. From the rugged cobbles of the Tour of Flanders, to the jagged peaks of Liè ge-Bastogne-Liè ge and beyond, this pocket guide pinpoints fifty climbs that once ridden will give a true appreciation of the races they epitomise. If you thought Belgium was flat … think again.

SIMON WARREN has been obsessed with cycling since the summer of 1989 after watching Greg Lemond battle Laurent Fignon in the Tour de France. A few weeks later he rode his first race, a 10 mile time trial on the A1 from Newark to Grantham and back. Although not having what it took to beat the best, he found his forte was racing up hills, and so began his fascination with steep roads. His quest to discover Britain's greatest climbs resulted in the bestselling 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, followed by Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Hellingen: A Road Cyclist's Guide to Belgium's Greatest Cycling Climbs and 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of the Tour de France: A Cyclist's Guide to Riding the Mountains of the Tour. Simon works during the day as a magazine art editor and lives in Walthamstow, east London with his wife and two children.

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9780711238060
Size: 4.331 in x 6.299 in / 110 mm x 160 mm
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"Although I have ridden many of these climbs already, 'Hellingen' makes me want to get out the maps and plan to cover the remaining ones on the list.   Irresistible fun, with or without the excellent beer.'

Simon Warren's  marvelous series  of tiny gazetteers ... school-boy geography might not alert you to the considerable undulations of Flanders and Wallonia. Anyone with a taste for cycling's spring classics, however, will know that the country's hills might be short - but they are famously brutal. Warren guides readers through 50 cà ´ tes and kops, providing detailed instructions for finding them and notes on the road surfaces and steepness. Along the way he provides a potted guide to beer, cobbles and the fractious Kingdom's painfully split identity. It is a brilliant addition to his  little franchise  and had me reaching for the Harwich ferry timetable long before the half-way point.'

'Cycle jerseys come with three rear pockets, and if they've half a brain cell between them, the UCI ought to issue a compulsory edict that makes it mandatory to place a copy of hellingen in the centre pocket of each and every jersey sold. owning a copy isn't an option, it's imperative.'

Simon Warren's  marvelous series  of tiny gazetteers ... school-boy geography might not alert you to the considerable undulations of Flanders and Wallonia. Anyone with a taste for cycling's spring classics, however, will know that the country's hills might be short - but they are famously brutal. Warren guides readers through 50 cô tes and kops, providing detailed instructions for finding them and notes on the road surfaces and steepness. Along the way he provides a potted guide to beer, cobbles and the fractious Kingdom's painfully split identity. It is a brilliant addition to his  little franchise  and had me reaching for the Harwich ferry timetable long before the half-way point.'

'Cycle jerseys come with three rear pockets, and if they've half a brain cell between them, the UCI ought to issue a compulsory edict that makes it mandatory to place a copy of hellingen in the centre pocket of each and every jersey sold. owning a copy isn't an option, it's imperative.'

"Although I have ridden many of these climbs already, 'Hellingen' makes me want to get out the maps and plan to cover the remaining ones on the list.   Irresistible fun, with or without the excellent beer.'