The original 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, the book that started it all was released in June 2010 and there are now 12 further climbing guides and
a box set available, covering the UK, Belgium and France.
My cycling climbs books
Forty inspirational cycling routes from Dartmoor to the Highlands
I have shaken myself free from the shackles of my pocket guides and for the first time linked the dots between the hills to present you with 40 awesome routes. They are of course all PACKED with hills: would you expect anything else? All set in the most beautiful scenery mainland Britain has to offer the inspiration for the rides came from parts of famous sportive courses, from research trips, family holidays, races I have competed in. Each ride an amalgamation of a collective set of memories. There are a couple of real monsters within the pages with the longest standing at 274 kilometres but the vast majority are more modest. Although they all offer a hearty challenge they should be well within the capabilities of most riders.
For this project I needed proper photography and proper photographers to show off the landscape in glorious CinemaScope, to inspire and lure you into the hills. To achieve this I enlisted the services of two good friends, Andy Jones and Phil Hall to fill the pages with wonder images.
So whether it’s a long summer’s evening or a weekend away here are 40 challenges, 40 adventures through 40 remarkable areas of natural beauty for you to tackle. Take care out there and enjoy riding Britain.
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of ITALY
Eight years in the making, my latest essential volume of climbs guides you round the greatest climbs of Italy. Home to amazing roads like the Stelvio Pass and Monte Zoncolon in the North all the way down to Monte Etna in Sicila, Italy is a true cyclist’s playground. Through the unparalleled beauty of the Dolomites to the solitude of the southern Apennines prepare to discover climbs beyond your imagination. Made famous by the Giro d’Italia, or simply because of their wild beauty each one is guaranteed to stir your emotions and have you falling head over heels for this wonderful country.
Published April 2019
Comprising a total of 545 ascents from the tip of Cornwall all the way up to the highlands of Scotland, the eight region-specific volumes of Britain’s Greatest Cycling Climbs contain the most comprehensive documentation of Britain’s hills ever compiled for road cyclists. Featuring original photography, key climbing statistics and location information, Simon Warren takes you on a detailed and engaging tour of the best (and most challenging) hill-climbing spots in the UK. Whether it’s a vicious incline on the North York Moors you crave, or a grind up one of the epic mountain passes in Wales, this ultimate resource for cycling enthusiasts will help you find what you are looking for.
Cycling Climbs BOX SET
Published October 2017
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs
From lung busting city centre cobbles to leg breaking windswept mountain passes, this guide locates the roads that have tested riders for generations and worked their way into cycling folklore. Whether you’re a leisure cyclist looking for a challenge or an elite athlete trying to break records these are the 100 British climbs you need to ride, so get your bike out and head for the hills.
Published June 2010
Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs
Longer! Higher! Steeper! The sequel to the bestselling 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs is packed with another century of stunning ascents. Ticking all the same boxes as the original 100 climbs you’ ll find inside killer hills from the tip of Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland via East Anglia and the Isle of Man. Roads such as Asterton Bank, Gospel Pass, Millook, and the mighty Great Dun Fell. So just when you thought it was safe to go back to riding on the flat, here come another 100 Climbs. Enjoy.
Published May 2012 OUT OF PRINT
From the author who brought you 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs comes another essential guide to vertical pain. This time Simon Warren has turned his attention to the famous climbs of Belgium and the ascents that define the world’s greatest single day bike races. From the rugged cobbles of the Tour of Flanders, to the jagged peaks of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and beyond, this pocket guide pinpoints fifty climbs that once ridden will give a true appreciation of the races they epitomise. If you thought Belgium was flat…think again.
First published 2011. Re issued July 2019
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs
of the Tour de France
From the Col du Tourmalet to Alpe d’Huez, from Mont Ventoux to Luz Ardiden, these climbs are the beating heart of the Tour de France. Technology may advance, training and diet may evolve, but these mountains are a constant. They have witnessed triumph and despair, courage and heartache, they are where champions are made and where dreams are shattered. And yes, the greatest arenas of the world’s greatest race are open 365 days of the year for every one of us to ride. So take up the challenge, emulate your heroes and make your mark on the 100 greatest cycling climbs of the Tour de France.
Published May 2014
Cycling climbs of South-east England
The first title in a series of eight regional Cycling Climbs guides, covering the South-East of England. Featuring the 60 greatest cycling climbs in London and the Home Counties, well over half of the hills are new to Simon Warren's books and all of the previously printed material has been refreshed and updated. From the rolling vistas of the Chilterns, through the twisting lanes of the Surrey Hills all the way to the rugged white cliffs of Dover, the South-East is littered with tough climbs. Many have now become household names such as the mighty Box Hill or Ditchling Beacon, but many others lie hidden, gems just waiting for you to discover. So whether you live in London Fields or the Kentish Weald there will be a climb inside this book, right on your doorstep, just waiting to be conquered.
Published August 2015
Cycling climbs of Yorkshire
The second in a series of eight UK regional cycling guides, from the author of the bestselling 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs. Featuring 75 of the best climbs in Yorkshire, Simon Warren continues on his quest to find the steepest hills in the county, to add to those already conquered (and revisited here) in his previous books. The vast county of Yorkshire is bursting with a bounty of stunning climbs that are the envy of the nation. Whether you're tempted by the crazily steep inclines of the North York Moors, the grand passes of the Yorkshire Dales or the rugged Calderdale cobbles, there's something for everyone. This incredibly diverse topography, home to such famous ascents as Rosedale Chimney, Buttertubs Pass and Holme Moss, make it a hill climber’s paradise. Venue to arguably the finest Grand Depart the Tour de France has ever seen in 2014, Yorkshire is now recognized as the home of cycling in Britain. The question is now, where to begin?
Published May 2016
Cycling climbs of Wales
This time tackling the green hills of Wales, Simon Warren picks out 75 more challenges in the third book of his UK regional cycling climbs series. Countless incredible climbs span the entire length of Wales; peppered across the exposed peaks of Snowdonia and nestling among the tangled lanes of Denbighshire, reaching across the sparse wilderness of the stunning Brecon Beacons and diving deep into the congestion of the southern Valleys. Climbs such as the Devil’s Staircase, the Horseshoe Pass and Bwlch-Y-Groes are etched into cycling history, and there are many lesser known yet equally amazing ascents out there waiting to be unearthed. With scenery to rival anywhere on Earth and roads so quiet you could hear a pin drop, Wales, under clear blue skies, is cycling heaven.
Published July 2016
The fourth in a series of 8 new cycling climbs guides from bestselling author of 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Simon Warren. Spanning the width of England, the Midlands contain numerous (literally) breath-taking climbs. The isolation of the Lincolnshire Wolds and the desolation of the Long Mynd are home to a myriad of challenges, and no matter where you look, you’re never too far from an absolute killer. Highlights include the infamous Mow Cop, the rugged Michaelgate and the savage Asterton Bank. Add to these the famous ascents of the Peak District – Winnats Pass, Curbar Edge and Monsal Head – and you are truly spoilt for choice. So, what are you waiting for?
Cycling climbs of the Midlands
Published September 2016
Cycling climbs of
The fifth book in the series of UK regional cycling guides from author Simon Warren takes readers (and their bikes) to the shores and skylines of South-West England. Plot a route between any two points in this region and its profile is likely to resemble an upturned saw blade – together, the Cotswolds, the Mendips and the exquisite Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks form a perfect hill climber’s playground. In quiet Cornish fishing villages, on top of Bodmin Moor and cresting the Salisbury Plain are legions of punishingly beautiful roads eager to meet their cycling match, and the very best are between these pages. With a list including the dramatic Cheddar Gorge, Gold Hill, Haytor Vale and the fearsome Porlock, this region is one to relish.
Published March 2017
Cycling climbs of Scotland
Presenting the sixth book in a series of eight UK regional cycling climb guides from the author of the bestselling 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs. Wild, remote, windswept and downright epic, the climbs of Scotland are not for the faint of heart. Crossing weather-beaten islands and often snow-covered mountains, these great roads demand the utmost respect and are often set in scenes of indescribable beauty. The famous glens and lochs that draw visitors from around the globe are the backdrop to legends such as The Lecht, The Talla Wall and the one and only Bealach-nà-Ba. So if you like your cycling rough and rugged, if you crave fresh air and pristine wilderness, then head north to tackle the Cycling Climbs of Scotland.
Published May 2017
Cycling climbs of
When it comes to choosing a top cycling destination, there are three key ingredients to keep in mind; beautiful landscapes, empty roads and, of course, killer climbs. North-East England, from the Pennines all the way up to the border with Scotland, has all three in spades. Among its classic climbs are Chapel Fell and Crawleyside in County Durham and the brilliant Plenmeller Common and Prospect Hill of Northumberland. In fact, whichever county you pedal into, you’re never too far from a real challenge, and a cycling trip to remember.
Published August 2017
Cycling climbs of
If you’re looking for a true test on the bike, and relish having your legs pummelled by savage inclines, then head to North-West England. Featuring famous climbs such as Honister Pass in the Lake District and Great Dunn Fell in the Pennines, alongside lesser known yet equally arduous ascents like Gorsey Brow and Swiss Hill, the final book in the Cycling Climbs regional series saves the very best until last. From the almost impossible 30% slopes of Hardknott Pass to the gloriously long climb of the Cat and Fiddle, one thing is for certain – you’ll need your strongest climbing legs.