Guide book for planning rides in the Alps/Pyranees

musto_skiff Posts: 394
.. is there one?

I'd like to plan a trip at the end of the summer and wondered if there was such a book suitable for cyclists to find their way around some classic climbs ...


  • peter_andrew
    peter_andrew Posts: 373
    How about the tour de france route for any year you care to menention
    You could also go for the brilliant and hilarious book by Tim Moore called French Revolutions, where he cycled the whole tour route the same day or was itn the day before. Although not exactly a guide it gives you good pointers and some history of the drama on some of the classic climbs.
  • Peak Times
    Peak Times Posts: 81
    There are lots of sites that provide profile and route details of the cols of both the Pyrenees and Alps, and there is also a range of books suitably titled "Altas des Cols des Pyrenees - Altigraph Edition" which is a very useful guide. It is only in French (as far as I know) but the information is very clear and easy to understand even if you don't speak French.

    There are 4 different versions that cover the Pyrenees going from the west to the east.

    Independent or supported cycling holidays in the French Pyrenees
    APIII Posts: 2,010
    The classic road climbs of the Pyrenees by Graeme Fife is worth a look, but it's hardback, so not the sort of thing you can stuff in your jersey pocket.
  • Pirahna
    Pirahna Posts: 1,315
    A good way is to look at some of the Sportiv routes, plenty of info on the forum.

    Lots of info on Russells site (haven't seen him post for a while)
  • ricadus
    ricadus Posts: 2,379
    Try these (from

    Guides for cyclists to both major mountain ranges in France. Maps, profiles and numerous gradient percentages. Best used in conjunction with a good sheet map of the area, such as Michelin or IGN series, so you can get a better idea of where the cols are in relation to each other.