Classic Cycle Routes of Europe: The 25 greatest road cycling races and how to ride them

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The ultimate guide to the twenty-five greatest cycling journeys across the continent. Whether you're a seasoned randonneur or an armchair dreamer, this is the book for you. A beautifully photographed and practical guide for any keen rider on how to complete some of the most famous rides across Europe.

Each route is described in detail, with altitude, distance, maps, planning and preparation all included, along with background information and great stories associated with the ...

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Overview


The ultimate guide to the twenty-five greatest cycling journeys across the continent. Whether you're a seasoned randonneur or an armchair dreamer, this is the book for you. A beautifully photographed and practical guide for any keen rider on how to complete some of the most famous rides across Europe.

Each route is described in detail, with altitude, distance, maps, planning and preparation all included, along with background information and great stories associated with the area. Includes stunning photography and up-to-the-minute practical advice from an author who has been there and done it.

Classic Cycle Routes of Europe includes Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-
Bastogne-Liege, and the Giro di Lombardia, along with twenty more classics, sweeping you through the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, and Norway.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408157527
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Werner Müller-Schell is a cycling journalist and contributor to the renowned cycling magazine Procycling.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Tour overview: 25 European cycle classics at a glance xi

The Right Preparation 1

Fit through the winter 2

The right training 2

Cycling technique ? often underestimated 3

The right way to deal with stretches of cobblestones 3

A special feature - 'hellings' 5

Cycling in the mountains 5

Safe, fast descents 5

The right clothing 6

A well-maintained bike 6

The final planning 7

In the saddle 8

Kit list for a classic cycle ride 9

The Classic Cycle Races 11

Race categories 15

Spring Sorties 17

1 On the trail of the Majorcan coastal classic Trofeo Deià 18

2 The little sister of the Ronde Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 24

3 The 'ride into spring' Milan-San Remo 30

4 A semi-classic for wind and sprint specialists Ghent-Wevelgem 36

5 The Tour of Flanders: Following the professionals through the Flemish Ardennes 42

6 Paris-Roubaix: On the cobblestones through the 'Hell of the North' 48

7 Rund um Köln: The cycling festival on the Rhine 54

8 Amstel Gold Race: On the zigzag course through Limburg 60

9 La Flèche Wallonne: The 'Walloon Arrow' 66

10 Liège-Bastogne-Liège: The 'Old Lady' of the classics 72

11 Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop: Through Eschborn, Frankfurt and the Taunus 78

Summer Specials 85

12 Gran Fondo Felice Gimondi: Following the 'Phoenix' round Bergamo 86

13 Nove Colli: The classic in Emilia-Romagna 92

14 Maratona dles Dolomites: On the road in the heart of the Dolomites 98

15 Trondheim-Oslo: 'Den Store Styrkepøven' - the big trial of strength 104

16 La Ventoux: Rendezvous on the 'Giant of Provence' 110

17 La Marmotte: The Alpine classic of the Tour de France 116

18 Pau-Tourmalet: A unique Pyrenean stage of the Tour 122

Autumn Adventures 129

19 Clásica San Sebastián: The race for the 'txapela' 130

20 Vattenfall Cyclassics: On the trail of the professionals 136

21 Ötztaler Radmarathon: The classic in the Tyrol 142

22 Züri Metzgete: From a professional classic to a classic for everyone 148

23 Paris-Tours: The 'Autumn Grand Prix' 154

24 L'Eroica: Cult tourism for connoisseurs and enthusiasts 160

25 Tour of Lombardy: The race of the falling leaves 166

More Classics 172

Paris-Brussels: The 'Grand Old Lady' of the second rank 172

Rund um die Hainleite: The oldest continuing classic in Germany 173

GP Ouest-France: Cycling festival in western France 173

Bordeaux-Paris: The almost forgotten 'Derby' 174

Paris-Brest-Paris: The epitome of the long-distance classic 175

La Fausto Coppi: In memory of the 'Campionissimo' 175

Alpen Brevet: One for the climbing specialists! 176

Vätternrundan: Round Sweden's second-biggest lake 177

Index 178

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