by Photographer, Michael Blann
Many of you will be familiar with Michael's work, as much of it has populated the walls of G!RO for the past few years. Michael is a good friend of G!RO, and we are so excited to make the latest update of his acclaimed book Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs available for purchase.
An expanded edition of the popular landscape and photography book, celebrating the most majestic mountains and historic cycling climbs for enthusiasts and participants around the world
From the Dolomites to the Pyrenees, for over a century the mountains have provided the setting for the world’s greatest cycling contests, where human determination and willpower triumph over nature and opponents. Europe’s famous peaks – Mont Ventoux, Stelvio Pass, the Alpe d’Huez – are where the sport’s heroes are born, and crushed.
Now Thames & Hudson is proud to publish an updated and expanded version of Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs, a spectacular portrait of some of the most beautiful and challenging scenery in the world, captured from the perspective of a cycling enthusiast and professional photographer Michael Blann. The new edition includes 32 more pages, 14 more climbs and 3 new essays.
Featuring tributes and personal recollections from leading current and former professional cyclists including Philippa Yorke, Romain Bardet, Stephen Roche, Greg LeMond, Geraint Thomas and Lizzie Deignan, who recall their own mountain race challenges and victories. The photographs and words in Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs coalesce into a graphic depiction that transcends any single perspective. A beautiful book for cycling afficionados who wish to challenge themselves, experience the storied roads and escape their everyday lives, this is a volume that will inspire awe and wonder in anyone who wishes to confront the power of the mountains.
Michael Blann grew up on the South Coast of England and started cycling in his teens after being inspired by the early coverage of the Tour de France. He soon fell into cycle racing and eventually spent a year on a team in Australia in 1991 before heading back to England to take up an Art Degree. After graduating University (Kingston) he worked in a design agency for 5 years before pursuing a career as a freelance photographer. Shortly after making this step he was offered a full-time position as a photographer at Getty Images working alongside their creative team. For 6 years he worked and travelled before the urge for autonomy won out and Michael left to pursue a career in advertising photography. He now shoots for many large brands and corporations and lives with his family in Surrey.
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