Mountains - Epic Cycling Climbs

#1
Alpe d'Huez
FRANCE
#2
Alto de Gamoniteiro East
SPAIN
#3
Alto de Gamoniteiro West
SPAIN
#4
Alto de l'Angliru
SPAIN
#5
Cime de la Bonette (Jausiers)
FRANCE
#6
Cime de la Bonette (Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée)
FRANCE
#7
Col d'Allos (Colmar)
FRANCE
#8
Col d'Aubisque (Argelès-Gazost)
FRANCE
#9
Col d'Aubisque (Ferrières)
FRANCE
#10
Col d'Aubisque (Laruns)
FRANCE

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Andorra
Andorra, France
20 ROUTES
22 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
124.1
mi
DISTANCE
45,720
ft
ELEV. GAIN
France: Alpe d'Huez and Galibier
France
19 ROUTES
33 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
189.9
mi
DISTANCE
65,352
ft
ELEV. GAIN
France: Argelès-Gazost
France
18 ROUTES
22 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
167.4
mi
DISTANCE
55,806
ft
ELEV. GAIN
France: Briançon
France
10 ROUTES
27 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
98.9
mi
DISTANCE
31,966
ft
ELEV. GAIN
France: Mont Ventoux
3 ROUTES
25 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
40
mi
DISTANCE
13,749
ft
ELEV. GAIN
France: Saint-Lary-Soulan
France
20 ROUTES
28 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
164
mi
DISTANCE
58,079
ft
ELEV. GAIN
Italy: Stelvio, Gavia & Mortirolo
Switzerland, Italy
11 ROUTES
14 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
109.5
mi
DISTANCE
46,778
ft
ELEV. GAIN
Italy: The Dolomites
Italy
24 ROUTES
8 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
126.8
mi
DISTANCE
30,946
ft
ELEV. GAIN
Switzerland: Valais
Switzerland
23 ROUTES
44 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
246.8
mi
DISTANCE
95,399
ft
ELEV. GAIN

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FULL SUMMARY

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.

We have researched and documented for this page the 30 hardest and most difficult bike climbs ever included in the Tour de France. 

The all-time hardest bike climbs of the Tour de France can be viewed on this page via the map (zoom in to view climbs in particular areas), by Climb Cards (photo and stats) or by a detailed list of the climbs that can be arranged in metric or imperial units by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort the grades by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. Click on "Climb Page" to jump to the detail page for that particular bike climb. We feel this page provides a good summary of the top, hardest and best bicycling climbs of the Tour de France.

The 10 hardest bike climbs ever to appear in the Tour de France are %TOP10 

Also visit our 2023 Tour de France Home Page for all the stages, climbs, details of the 2023 Tour de France as well as all the historical data for the Grand Tour.