The toughest 52 cycling challenges in Europe
These routes, all of at least 40 miles in length, are based on the best cyclosportive events-the most famous single-day professional races, which are known in cycling as The Classics, and on stages of the Grand Tours-the Tour de France, Tour of Italy, and Tour of Spain. Not just pretty rides in the country, these are serious challenges that require training and preparation, but are all accessible and are achieved by many thousands of ordinary cyclists every year. Each route contains a map with directions and an elevation diagram as well as tips for tackling the route and a background history to the event. The book also offers advice on equipment, nutrition, ride strategy, and technique. Perfect for cyclists looking for the next challenge, these routes will inspire readers to test their limits.