What do you get when you mix the world's greatest cyclists with the most beautiful mountains in Europe? No, not achy legs – some seriously epic, nail-biting ascents, that's what.

From the oldest hotel in Switzerland to the highest point of the Tour de France in, er, France – London-based photographer Michael Blann spent three years out in the mountains capturing incredible shots of the some of the world's greatest cyclists.

The result is his latest book, Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs – an equally epic (and very beautiful) coffee table book published by Thames and Hudson. Tour de France? More like Tour de force.

What's even better is that since through-mountain car tunnels started popping up all over the Alps, these rides are becoming bikers' to own. About time you got pedalling.

Front cover of Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs by Michael Blann

Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs, featuring amazing essays from leading cyclists like Geraint Thomas, Lizzie Deignan and Romain Bardet, is available now for £34.95.

Some of Michael Blann's breathtaking snaps are also on show at the Rouleur Classic at Victoria House, London, from 3-5 November.

For tickets and more information, visit rouleurclassic.cc