A landscape and photography book of Europe’s most majestic mountains and historic cycling climbs for the growing audience of enthusiasts and participants around the world.
The mountains of Europe have many different meanings to many different people. For the locals they are a way of life; for visitors they represent breathtaking beauty, active holidays and peaceful moments. For cyclists, however, the dramatic landscapes mean something quite different: suffering, pain, agony – and glory. From the Ardennes to the Alps, for over a century the mountains have provided the setting for the greatest cycling contests, where human determination and willpower can triumph over nature and opposition.
In recent years, the mountains of Europe have become the primary destination for urban riders who want to challenge themselves, experience the storied roads and escape their everyday lives. This publication is aimed at all who wish to be inspired by those challenges or celebrate those personal victories.
A reference section includes locator maps and climb profiles. With personal recollections from leading road-racing cyclists, photographs and words coalesce into a visual depiction that transcends any single perspective and will evoke awe and wonder in anyone who wishes to confront the power of the mountains.
With contributions by:
Lizzie Armitstead, Romain Bardet, Ivan Basso, Bernie Eisel, Maurizio Fondriest, Andy Hampsten, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Sean Kelly, Greg LeMond, Robert Millar, Allan Peiper, Stephen Roche, Shane Sutton, Geraint Thomas
‘[A] pedal-crunching photography book … it combines breathtaking landscape shots with personal recollections from leading road-racing cyclists …’ – Independent
‘The large format book sees Blann's sublime, colour- drenched images presented alongside contributions from road racing cyclists and local experts, who share intimate memories and stories of life on the road... 'Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs' offers a rare glimpse into a world where nature forms the perfect challenge for the human body’ – AnOther
‘Featuring 109 images that highlight some of the most beautiful and challenging […] summits of the world, you’re sure to be drawn into by Michael Blann’s stunning photographs’ – Outdoor Photography
About the Author
Michael Blann is a former professional cyclist turned photographer who works for the world’s leading creative agencies.
PLC (Hardcover with a Printed and Laminated Cover), no jacket cover
25.5 x 30.5cm
With 173 illustrations in colour and black and white
First published in 2016