Here’s an admittedly dumb question: Ever want to ride some of the famous mountains that form the natural border between France and Spain? Yeah, as any real cyclist, we know the answer’s yes.
While there’s something to be said for exploring, there’s also some credence to actually having a plan, especially if you’re taking time away from work, family, etc. and paying the crappy exchange rate to travel to Europe to ride. With that in mind, Rapha’s latest book, The Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees, will help you plan…or just dream about…a killer ride through the hills.
It’s worth mentioning that the author, Graeme Fife wrote an identically titled book in 2008, too, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore, so perhaps this is a fresh take on the region’s rides.
Hit ‘more’ for the official blurb and pricing…
FROM RAPHA: This book is a unique cycling guide to the great cols in the Pyrenees written for Rapha by writer and broadcaster Graeme Fife.
The Great Road Climbs of the Pyreneesâ€™ is not a conventional guide to the Pyrenees. Facts and guidance is offered on obscure and well-known Pyrenean cols, but the gripping element is rather a highly personal exploration by Fife of the variety and peculiarity of the region that leaves the reader with a colourful and memorable picture. Fife combines careful historical research with a swift narrative style and supported by beautiful photographic portrayals of the imposing landscapes by Pete Drinkell, it gives persuasive encouragement to visit.
The Pyrenees is sub-divided into 8 distinct regions, covering all the major climbs in France and Spain. Over 320 pages, 90 climbs are described, with hand-drawn maps and gradient profiles.