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The Rapha Guide to The Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees

This book is a unique cycling guide to the great cols in the Pyrenees written for Rapha by writer and broadcaster Graeme Fife.

The Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees’ is not a conventional guide to the Pyrenees. Facts and guidance is offered on obscure and well-known Pyrenean cols, but the gripping element is rather a highly personal exploration by Fife of the variety and peculiarity of the region that leaves the reader with a colourful and memorable picture. Fife combines careful historical research with a swift narrative style and supported by beautiful photographic portrayals of the imposing landscapes by Pete Drinkell, it gives persuasive encouragement to visit.

The Pyrenees is sub-divided into 8 distinct regions, covering all the major climbs in France and Spain. Over 320 pages, 90 climbs are described, with hand-drawn maps and gradient profiles.

The Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees is a remarkably evocative piece of work. The words of Graeme Fife combine with the photographs of Pete Drinkell to create a portrait of the region that allows the imagination to run wild.
Richard Williams – The Guardian

Climbs featured include:

  • Col d’Aubisque
  • Col d’Aspin
  • Col de Marie Blanque
  • Col de Menté
  • Col de Peyresourde
  • Col de Portet-d’Aspet
  • Col de Port
  • Port de Balès
  • Port de Pailhères
  • Col de Spandelles
  • Superbagnères


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