Higher Calling

Higher Calling

by Max Leonard

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Written with verve and enthusiasm, A Higher Calling explores why mountains have such a magnetic appeal to cyclists the world over. Max Leonard, himself an accomplished amateur cyclist, does not forget the pain, the glory, the sweat, and the tears that go into these grueling climbs. Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask why.“This is real cycling, where the glory is and where dreams come true,” according to Bradley Wiggins. Mountains are where cycling's greatest heroes have made their names. Every amateur rider wishes they could climb better, too. Are all these people addicted to the pain? To the achievement? Or to the allure of the peaks? Some spend their weekends and holidays cycling up mountains from start to finish. But how does a rider push themselves beyond their limits to get up a 10% gradient on pedal power alone? What is happening when they do?Blending adventure and travel writing with the rich narrative of 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 even elephants, along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681776903
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 32 MB
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About the Author

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.
Max Leonard is the author of Lanterne Rouge and amateur cyclist. He has written for Esquire, Monocle, Rouler, Daily Telegraph, Rapha and more. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Ain't no mountain

High enough 1

1 Setting the stage 13

2 Hors catégorie 41

3 Control, and losing it 63

4 The Kings of the Mountains 88

5 How KoMs conquered the world 127

6 The climb is not the thing 159

7 How the Alps were won 182

8 Getting high 217

9 Counting sheep 245

10 II Giro 273

Epilogue: Time passes 289

Glossary 301

Acknowledgements 303

Further reading 305

List of illustrations 307

Index 311

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