Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Higher Calling: Road Cycling's Obsession with the Mountains
Foyalty 51

Higher Calling: Road Cycling's Obsession with the Mountains (Hardback)

£16.99
Despatched in 2 business days.
£16.99
Click & Collect
In stock in 1 or more stores.

Synopsis

Why do road cyclists go to the mountains?



After all, cycling up a mountain is hard - so hard that, to many non-cyclists, it can seem absurd. But, for some, climbing a mountain gracefully (and beating your competitors up the slope) represents the pinnacle of cycling achievement. The mountains are where legends are forged and cycling's greats make their names.



Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask `Why?'



Why are Europe's mountain ranges professional cycling's Wembley Stadium or its Colosseum? Why do amateurs also make a pilgrimage to these high, remote roads and what do we see and feel when we do?

Why are the roads there in the first place?



Higher Calling explores the central place of mountains in the folklore of road cycling. Blending adventure and travel writing with the rich narrative of pro racing, Max Leonard takes the reader from the battles that created the Alpine roads to the shepherds tending their flocks on the peaks, and to a Grand Tour climax on the `highest road in Europe'. And he tells stories of courage and sacrifice, war and love, obsession and elephants along the way.

Science & MathematicsGeographyPhysical geography & topographyMountainsSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationCyclingTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 25/05/2017 ISBN-13: 9780224100380  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Despatched in 2 business days. Login for Quick Checkout Add to Basket

Max Leonard's previous books include Lanterne Rouge: the Last Man in the Tour de France and Bunker Research. He has also written about cycling, travel and adventure for Esquire, Monocle, Rouleur, Strava, Rapha and others.

More books by Max Leonard

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Higher Calling: Road Cycling's...
(Paperback)
Max Leonard
 
 
£9.99
 
Tides: A climber's voyage
(Hardback)
Nick Bullock
 
 
£24.00
 
Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity
(Hardback)
Carina Hoorn; Alexandre Antonelli
 
 
£70.00
 
The War is in the Mountains
(Paperback)
Judith Matloff
 
 
£10.99
 
© W&G Foyle Ltd
Foyles uses cookies to help ensure your experience on our site is the best possible. Click here if you’d like to find out more about the types of cookies we use.
Accept and Close