Ultimate Etapes: Ride Europe’s Greatest Cycling Stages – Peter Cossins
What’s on your cycling bucket list? From the Flandrien cobbles to iconic Alpine ascents, we all have epic rides we’d love to undertake given the chance.
And Peter Cossins’ Ultimate Etapes is a brilliant round-up of some of the best riding available in Europe with one common theme – all the routes used have previously been ridden as stages of some of the continent’s biggest races.
From ‘The Yorkshire Rollercoaster’ – the second stage of the 2014 Tour de France – to stage 17 of the 1977 Tour, which finished atop Alpe d’Huez, Ultimate Etapes continues some of the most memorable cycling routes out there.
It’s not just the Tour de France used as inspiration either – all three Grand Tours are included, alongside classics such as the Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Strade Bianche, and other stage races like the Tour of Britain and Deutschland Tour.
Each section includes a detailed route guide, a closer look at the climbs on offer, stunning photography and advice on other riding in the vicinity of each stage, making this book a must if you’re already planning your 2017 rides.
Buy it now: Amazon (£20), Waterstones (£20)