The stories behind completing the
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of the Tour de France

A few years back, I stumbled upon a fascinating book called ‘The 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs of the Tour de France’ by Simon Warren.

It was a purchase driven by curiosity rather than any grand ambitions.

As I flipped through its pages, the thought crossed my mind, ‘Wouldn’t it be incredible to climb these epic mountains?’

It seemed like an impossible dream.

I considered my age and the fact that I pedaled a Brompton bike, but then I looked at myself in the mirror and asked,

‘Who’s stopping you?’

And so, in the summer of 2022, I embarked on a daring challenge – to climb all 100.

It was a rollercoaster ride of triumphs and setbacks, but that’s what made it a true adventure.

And guess what? By the summer of 2023, I proudly returned having completed every single one of those awe-inspiring climbs.

Can you believe it?

And all on a Brompton bike!

Join me on this extraordinary journey.

heartbreak hotel

3rd Time Lucky ?

Heartbreak Hotel – The ferry is booked, the car is serviced.

All the boxes are ticked and then this ******* happens.

Folding bike fascination

Folding Fascination

The Brompton.
The connoisseur’s choice.
Admired by all.

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Thrill of the chase

Descending the Col d’ Ordino.
A handlebar video on a Cycliq12.

If you can’t move over then you’re in my way.

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Old Testament

‘I might ride a climb tonight’.

‘I wouldn’t do that. A storm is nearby. I think the morning would be better.’


Bonjour, Bonjour, Bonjour

Laissez-nous vous avoir?

Planche des Belles Filles

Need for Speed

I thought “Wow”
How fast am I going?

Oh Sh*t!!

Hairpin bend –  Brakes

Luz Ardiden - what a tease!

Luz Ardiden Problem

In 2022 I rode Luz Ardiden, but I hadn’t.

The book was wrong.

So now what?

climbing 100 - timeline


Riding the 100

2022 – 2023

On a Brompton?

It’s as much of a story as
Looking in the mirror and realising who is stopping you from doing things,
as it is about a Brompton and Climbing.