Riding up hills is the ultimate challenge for a cyclist. This guide is a compliation of some of the best hills in London and the South East. It's not just a definite list of the Top 50 toughest climbs; instead, author Adrian Bond has selected some of the most iconic, the most thrilling, the most interesting, varied and, of course, toughest, hill climbs that this region has to offer. Hopefully, there's something here for everyone, whether you're a 'Weekend Warrior' or a serious road racer. Just get out there and enjoy the ride.
Adrian Bond is a cyclist first and a writer after. He is yet to win an award in either discipline, although he did complete La Marmotte over the summer, a 174 kilometre sportive in the French Alps with 5,000 metres of climbing. He was bitten by the cycling bug aged 14, when he rode from Birmingham to Lands End, back in the days when he was contractually obliged to call his mother every evening from a public phone box.