Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs
Author: Michael Blann
Michael Blann is a former elite cyclist turned exceptional professional sports photographer. See Michael Blann’s website/portfolio and his instagram page.
Quite evident from the list of legendary cyclists who contributed to his book, Michael Blann has a lot of contacts. Among these contacts are: Ivan Basso (1st Giro d’Italia 2006, 2010), my all-time favorite, Andy Hampsten (1st Giro d’Italia 1988), Sean Kelly (1st Vuelta a España 1988; Tour de Suisse 1984, 1989; Milan-San Remo 1986, 1992; Paris-Roubaix 1984, 1986; Liège–Bastogne–Liège 1984, 1989; Giro di Lombardia 1983, 1985, 1991), Greg Lemond (1st Tour de France 1986, 1986-1990, World Champion 1982, 1989); Robert Millar (2nd Vuelta a España 1985-1986; 1st Tour of Britain 1989); Stephen Roche (1st Tour de France and Giro d’Italia 1987); Geraint Thomas (1st Tour de France 2018, Paris Nice 2016, World Championship, Olympic gold medalist).
Back cover of Mountains - Epic Cycling Climbs.
PJAMM Cycling has documented all of the climbs in Michael Blann’s wonderfully illustrated book, Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs, covering most of the greatest road bike climbs in Europe. You can see all the climbs on the “map” or “list” above, or access each individual climb by clicking on the climb itself on the map or on the list of the climbs. The page defaults to the map, which has pins for each climb in Blann’s book, but you can also see the full list of climbs by clicking “list” at the top left of the map. The list defaults to alphabetical order, but you can also arrange the climbs by difficulty, distance, highest finish, steepest grade, etc., by using the “Sort” feature to the left of the map/list.
In 2015 I began documenting the world’s top bike climbs, including those in Europe. I quickly added Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs to my cycling climb-focused library, and since then it’s remained an excellent source of information and inspiration!
PJAMM Cycling library circa May 2019.