Lacets de Montvernier, France: sometimes described as an Alpine Scalextric, the climb has 18 hairpins that switch back every 150m. Pure. Endurance.
Stelvio Pass, Italy: there are 48 (yes, 48) hairpin bends between the south Tyrolean village of Prato and the mountain’s summit
Gotthard Pass, Switzerland: a regular feature of the Tour de Suisse, this old alpine pass connects northern and southern Switzerland
Mont Ventoux, France: tree-felling by Toulon shipbuilders has left the upper slopes above Chalet Reynard eerily bare
Grimsel Pass, Switzerland: It's a hell of a ride to get to the rocky outcrop that's home to the Grimsel Hospice, Switzeland's oldest guesthouse
Col’ d’Aubisque, France: So it's not an ascent, but when you're hammering the pedals through a pitch black tunnel like this one, you won't be stopping to think about that
Col du Galibier, France: This is often the highest point in the Tour De France. Snow clings to the northern slopes of the mountain even in summer
Col d’Izoard, France: the ride to the summit and the descent south towards Guillestre have been the backdrop to some of the most iconic moments in Tour de France history
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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.
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.