Start dreaming about the “Cols” while leafing through this book. Every year, we all wait with bated breath as the pack embarks on some of the most challenging climbs in the race. A growing number of amateur cyclists, however, are also giving them a try. What about you? Here’s all the inspiration you need for your future “col” challenge.
44 legendary cols
This stunning book, titled “Cols, de mooiste beklimmingen van Europa” describes 44 mythical hills in all their glory in several photos that will give you goosebumps.
Famous French passes such as ‘Col du Galibier’ or ‘Col d’Aubisque’ and ‘Col du Tourmalet’, as well as lesser known climbs, including the Italian ‘Gavia pass’ or the Austrian ‘Gotthard pass’ all get their moment in the spotlight.
Several well-known (former) cyclists (Greg LeMond, Ivan Basso, Geraint Thomas, Romain Bardet, etc.) have also shared their personal climbing experiences and love/hate relationships with the “cols”.
A little something for your book shelf?
Unique photos by Michael Blann
The book contains plenty of magnificent photos by the former English professional road racer Michael Blann. He has since become a keen photographer with a passion for road racing and landscapes. His photos show the “cols” from the cyclist’s perspective. Amazing!