1 mountain range
10,716km of riding
260,646m of vertical gain
Award-winning author Peter Cossins’ A cyclist’s guide to the Pyrenees details the best road cycling routes on both the French and Spanish sides of the 600km-long Pyrenean chain, as well as in Andorra.
The routes range from 50-kilometre loops passing some of the most extraordinary of France’s Cathar castles to 200-kilometre Tour de France-like epics over several passes. It not only includes renowned ascents such as the Col du Tourmalet, the Col d’Aubisque and Plateau de Beille, but also lifts the lid on hundreds of climbs large and small across the range, highlighting points of historical significance and the best roads on which to tackle them.
From newcomers venturing into the high mountains for the first time through to very experienced cyclists aiming to push their limits and explore new terrain at the same time, there are dozens of routes for riders of every level, in every part of the Pyrenees.
A cyclist’s guide to the Pyrenees is beautifully descriptive, has easy-to-follow practical information, with every route downloadable via a QR link.
Peter Cossins has been writing about cycling for more than 25 years, working for first for Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport and then for Procycling for many years, including three as the magazine’s editor. He is also the author of several books, including The Monuments, Alpe d’Huez: Cycling’s Greatest Climb, The Yellow Jersey and Full Gas, the cycling book of the year at the 2019 Daily Telegraph Sports Book Awards. He lives in the French Pyrenees.