50 by 50 - A detailed guide to the reality of cycling Europe's greatest 50 mountains

If you are looking for a detailed guide to 50 of Europe's best climbs - then look no further than Antony Blakes book '50 by 50'.

He has ridden them all! As a friend of the shop we have been enthralled hearing about them and often joined him on them.

With chapters forwarded by pros and unmatched photography this is going to be an unrivalled publication.

To find out more about Antony's challenge and enjoy just a few of his incredible photos then visit here >> 

Excerpt

1. KOPPENBERG

Starting Town: Oudenaarde

Elevation: 65 m

Length: 600 m

Av gradient: 10.8%

Max gradient: 22%

Date Ridden: March 2015

Comment: Ride it in the wet or at the time of The Classics to feel complete.


Martin Velits, Etixx Quickstep, 2016: "Koppenberg - Steep. Steeper than it looks on TV. You have to ride it to be able to experience the gradient. I love the classics, Belgium and the cycling culture. This Climb is like a temple for them. You can feel the vibe there even when riding it up on regular day with no race or spectators in sight."

Antony Blake: "Turning right from Melton onto the climb, I could see the apex of the hill. How on earth am I getting up there? 22% gradient, damp, wet cobbles, I must stay in the seat otherwise I would be off."