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Higher Calling: Road Cycling´s Obsession with the Mountains

978-0224100380

Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask ‘Why?’

Why do road cyclists go to the mountains?

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Why do road cyclists go to the mountains?

After all, cycling up a mountain is hard – so hard that, to many non-cyclists, it can seem absurd. But, for some, climbing a mountain gracefully (and beating your competitors up the slope) represents the pinnacle of cycling achievement. The mountains are where legends are forged and cycling’s greats make their names.

Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask ‘Why?’

Why are Europe’s mountain ranges professional cycling’s Wembley Stadium or its Colosseum? Why do amateurs also make a pilgrimage to these high, remote roads and what do we see and feel when we do?
Why are the roads there in the first place?

Higher Calling explores the central place of mountains in the folklore of road cycling. Blending adventure and travel writing with the rich narrative of pro racing, Max Leonard takes the reader from the battles that created the Alpine roads to the shepherds tending their flocks on the peaks, and to a Grand Tour climax on the ‘highest road in Europe’. And he tells stories of courage and sacrifice, war and love, obsession and elephants along the way.

AutorMax Leonard
ISBN978-0224100380
Páginas336
FormatoTapa dura
Fecha publicación25 May 2017
EditorialYellow Jersey
LenguaInglés
Medidas22.3 x 14.4 cm

Max Leonard is a writer and amateur cyclist. He has written for Esquire, Monocle, Rouler, Daily Telegraph, Rapha and others and is the author of the City Cycling Europe guides. He has never knowingly come first―or last―in anything.

AutorMax Leonard
ISBN978-0224100380
Páginas336
FormatoTapa dura
Fecha publicación25 May 2017
EditorialYellow Jersey
LenguaInglés
Medidas22.3 x 14.4 cm

Why do road cyclists go to the mountains?

After all, cycling up a mountain is hard – so hard that, to many non-cyclists, it can seem absurd. But, for some, climbing a mountain gracefully (and beating your competitors up the slope) represents the pinnacle of cycling achievement. The mountains are where legends are forged and cycling’s greats make their names.

Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask ‘Why?’

Why are Europe’s mountain ranges professional cycling’s Wembley Stadium or its Colosseum? Why do amateurs also make a pilgrimage to these high, remote roads and what do we see and feel when we do?
Why are the roads there in the first place?

Higher Calling explores the central place of mountains in the folklore of road cycling. Blending adventure and travel writing with the rich narrative of pro racing, Max Leonard takes the reader from the battles that created the Alpine roads to the shepherds tending their flocks on the peaks, and to a Grand Tour climax on the ‘highest road in Europe’. And he tells stories of courage and sacrifice, war and love, obsession and elephants along the way.

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Higher Calling: Road Cycling´s Obsession with the Mountains

Higher Calling: Road Cycling´s Obsession with the Mountains

Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask ‘Why?’

Why do road cyclists go to the mountains?

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Max Leonard is a writer and amateur cyclist. He has written for Esquire, Monocle, Rouler, Daily Telegraph, Rapha and others and is the author of the City Cycling Europe guides. He has never knowingly come first―or last―in anything.

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