From the Gavia Pass to Mount Etna, from The Stelvio to The Zoncalan, these climbs are legends in Italy and the building blocks of the Giro d'Italia. Technology may advance, training and diet may evolve, but these world-famous mountains are a constant. They have witnessed triumph and despair, courage and heartache, they are where champions are made and where dreams are shattered. And yes, the greatest arenas of Italy's greatest race are open 365 days of the year for any of us to ride. So take up the challenge, emulate your heroes and make your mark on the hundred greatest cycling climbs of Italy.
SIMON WARREN has lived and breathed bikes and cycling for over twenty years. He's won a few races, held a first-category racing licence and competed - and struggled - at the highest level in the UK, but most of all he loves to ride his bike uphill. He spent seven years working as a designer at Cycling Weekly before leaving to broaden his horizons in 2003, although he still regularly contributes event reports to the magazine. He works in publishing and lives with his wife and daughter in Sheffield. Among many other cycling titles he is the author of the bestselling 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs. www.100climbs.co.uk