NEW! 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. Gerlitzen have like a kilometre of gravel at the end, but there is not much point doing that climb unless one goes to the top, so included that as “asphalted”. 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.
2019-02-10: Still in stock directly from me. Prices incl. shipping (worldwide) €23; $25; £17.50; 205 sek. 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!