Poster book puts graphic art of the world's hardest cycling climbs on your walls

The Cycling Climbs book features wonderful bike-themed artworks by Nigel Peake that are ready to frame and hang.

Pelting down a hill on a bicycle is one of childhoods enduring memories and for those of us whose inner-child remains obsessed with two wheels well into our 40s, hills and mountains remain alluring on a bicycle.

Artist Nigel Peake sums it up well as “the beauty of the struggle” in his pull-out-and-frame poster book Cycling Climbs, a collaboration with Claire Beaumont from bike-makers Condor.

Nigel’s images will be loved by hardened cyclists and the new breed of middle-aged-men-in-Lycra. He has captured the evocative climbs that viewers of legendary events like the Tour de France will dream of. But Nigel has captured the tonal nature of riding into hills and mountains, a view you can often live with for hour after hour as you toil upwards.

The subtle greys of Mont Ventoux brings to life the enhanced shapes of the foreground you gain as you climb on a misty winter or spring day, while the tiles of the cobbled Koppenberg in Belgium – yes I did say Belgium – in vibrant red remind you that compared to the Alps this may not be a mountain, but ancient cobbled roads bear their own danger and red tells you how much respect to pay this road.

I enjoyed Nigel’s playful metaphors, twisted dropped handlebars for the Stelvio pass – an Italian road that has cyclists and car enthusiasts salivating in excitement (also the book's cover artwork).

If your partner doesn’t want the wall adorned with your victory salute selfies, Nigel provides a classy way to share you pedalled passion.


Cycling Climbs costs £19.96 and is out in March.

Image: The Circle of Death has been part of the route of the Tour De France. A legendary circuit in the Pyranees, the 160km route has an altitude gain of 6,000m – at gradients of up to 13%.

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Image: The Madonna del Ghisallo is near Lake Como in Italy and regularly part of some of that country's main cycling races. 10.6km long and with some 14% gradient inclines, it's named after a local legend involving the appearance of the Virgin Mary to a medieval count, Ghasallo, to save him from bandits.

Image: Mount Evans is the highest paved road in North America. Part of the Rocky Mountains, the 44.7km road rises over 2,000m.

Mark Chillingworth is editor-in-chief of CIO. Photography by Dominik Tomaszewski. The hat's not included – it's just a prop.

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