My new book, THE ROAD BIKE CLIMBS OF THE ALPS: All paved roads above 2000m & some gravel roads, is now published and available directly from me or from retailers around the globe! First published on November 25th, 2023. Final 3rd minor revision available now (January 24, 2024).
This book is a presentation of all the paved road climbs in all of the Alps at or above 2000m. It also includes the gravel roads that I have cycled on above 2000m.
The book is written from the perspective of a road cyclist, but the information provided here may also be of interest to a broader audience as one learns much about the Alps and its roads. It can also serve as a reference for the high roads of the Alps, even if not every aspect is covered.
Through photos, descriptions, facts about length and steepness, and personal experiences, you will gain an understanding of what to expect when cycling up these roads.
Jerry Nilson has previously published Dream Road Bike Tour of the Alps – a practical guide on how to plan and execute your own tour through the mountains, illustrated with a suggested and detailed “Dream Tour” based on personal experience. To date, Jerry has visited over 4000 passes and other climbs, with a special focus on the Alps.
Jerry hopes to publish further books on the best other climbs and routes in the Alps, and possibly later in the Pyrenees and possibly other locations.
The book is 300 pages, 339 photos, self-published (print on demand) with the best Ultra Premium Colour at Ingram Spark. There are also two cheaper Soft Cover versions. It is always cheaper buying directly from me than via a retailer. Always ask for the price in Europe for other countries not specified below (2-3 weeks delivery time):
Hard Cover Ultra Premium incl. tax & shipping
UK: £38, France: €44, Italy: €45, Belgium: €46, The NetherLands €45, Spain €45, Switzerland: €46, Sweden: 500kr; Germany: €44, US: $49
Soft Cover Ultra Premium incl. tax & shipping
France: €40, Italy: €41, Belgium: €43, UK: £35, SE: 450kr, US: $43
Soft Cover Premium incl. tax & shipping
France: €33, Italy: €34, Belgium: €36, UK: £30, SE: 380kr, US: $39
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Changed regularly: ALL climbs in the Alps with more than 1000m elevation gain and some other climbs most road cyclists should give a try (only such I have deemed to be special or that they were close to 1000m gain and interesting). All on one big Google map, which I will not try and integrate on the site here, so only a link (right-click to open in a new window)! This is the most accurate list of climbs in the Alps that exist (in case you wonder ;-)), but not the longest or the only one of interest, of course (see my external links page). Also no profiles from me, but others are very good on this: salite.ch and cyclingcols.com for example.
The rules for the +1000m climbs are not 100% perfectly followed, but the idea is to choose the most logical starting point and end the climb when there is more gravel than asphalt, or normally just where there asphalt ends (a couple of the climbs are well worth to proceed a bit further on gravel, depending on the weather). Mostly I start the climb at least from the second way out of the area on another road, but all depending on whether there is any substantial height gain still possible by starting lower. Generally the climbs should be at least 4% on average, but currently a few have been added just below, like Passo della Mauria and Col d’Ornon (they might be removed later). I (mostly) only state the height metres for the recommended climb, but sometimes not as it might be less than 1000m up, while another climb variation means +1000m and have then chosen the longer climb.
Some short gravel is tolerated, but there are borderline cases in less than maybe 5 cases where I have not yet verified by visiting them myself. Normally when there is a kilometre or more of gravel and I still think one should climb to a gravel end, I have added them to the Gravel climbs section at the end, except when it is easy to reach the end on gravel, like Baita Segantini/Passo della Costazza. Climbs that fork off from eachother on the way up have to be separated by at least over 200m height gain from the the fork. Climbs to another place below another climb even if still 1000m gain are not included (as they will normally have the same view at the end, only form a lower point).
ALL climbs mean climbs with different end points. Many of the climbs have 2 or more sides/variants that are all have +1000m gain, but the interest here was to locate the places, then you choose the sides and can come back another time to climb another variant.
My first book is still available! Giving all the advice needed to make a memorable bicycle tour of the Alps. I also illustrate such a tour by creating a “dream tour” – attempting to solve the puzzle of what route would be optimal to take if you only go to the Alps once and got +2 weeks at your disposal. That tour I could both illustrate and comment on in detail even if I have never done it myself, since I have been to (nearly) all the roads and places before.
Still in stock directly from me. New lower prices: Prices incl. shipping (worldwide) €17,50; $19; £15; 150kr. Payment mainly through Paypal: pay to and state your delivery address and e-mail. If you do not have Paypal, you can pay via Paypal anyway and I can send you a Paypal invoice if you send me an e-mail to the address here. Or you can use this direct link: https://www.paypal.me/eyeless/eur23
2016-01-15: The book is now also available worldwide through all bookstores online and normal ones that order it for their customers. It is available from Amazon.com ; Amazon.co.uk ; Adlibris.com ; and more as of writing. The book is still possible to order from Blurb too!