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Why do we call Passo dello Stelvio the greatest icon of the Giro d’Italia? Which of the alpine climbs resembles a wolf in sheep’s clothing? What idea was born in the infamous blizzard on the Gavia Pass?

REACHING THE CLOUDS is an unforgettable journey through 50 selected climbs, where the most exciting chapters of the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, Milano-Sanremo, Ronde van Vlaanderen and other major events of the cycling calendar were written. At a distance of 230 pages, you will discover their history, sense their unique character and receive practical tips on tackling them on your own road bike. Each chapter includes excellent photographs, which connect an engaging road tale with the characteristic scenery of the Dolomites, the Alps, the Pyrenees and other European mountain ranges.

Where does the journey to the clouds begin? In a quiet Asturian village, on the flower-scented Ligurian coast, near the shores of the nostalgic Como Lake or in sleepy alpine ski resorts? Every next page brings different surroundings, allowing readers to travel between iconic locations faster than professional cyclists and reach new heights, discover new goals, turn distant dreams into realistic plans.


The narrative is created by Aleksandra Górska, a Polish journalist known for her characteristic writing style (cyclingquotes.com, naszosie.pl), who has been involved in road cycling for nearly 10 years.

The stories told, the sceneries described and the nicknames given to all climbs included in this book emphasize their unique character, breathing life into unruffled mountain ranges.


Foreword – Adam Probosz / Eurosport

Emotions speak much louder from the pages of this book than pure facts and numbers. This atmosphere is perfectly captured in the foreword written by Adam Probosz, a journalist and sports commentator associated with Eurosport for two decades.

Exclusive quotes from professional cyclists

Polish professional cyclists agreed to share their unique experiences from competing on the climbs included in this book. On the pages of REACHING THE CLOUDS you will find quotes from: Samuel Sánchez, Małgorzata Jasińska, Dariusz Baranowski, Przemysław Niemiec, Bartosz Huzarski, Tomasz Marczyński, Maciej Paterski, Michał Paluta and Marek Rutkiewicz.


Capturing the beauty of the mountains and emotions associated with conquering their peaks on a bike is a mission that we have been carrying out for many years as The Climb. A large wall calendar depicting famous cycling ascents quickly became our first bestseller, while the experience gained through creating and publishing its seven consecutive editions has encouraged us to make another step forward. We were ready to dream bigger.

Therefore we believe that REACHING THE CLOUDS will turn out to be not only an extensive source of cycling knowledge and inspiration, but also, thanks to its high aesthetics and quality, a valuable addition to any bookshelf.

– 28x20cm – large format
– high-quality, thick G-Print 150g paper
– elegant hard cover refined with two types of varnish


The unique nature of each cycling climb and surrounding scenery is not easy to capture in just one picture. Mountains are known for their fickle nature, and just like it isn’t possible to step into the same river twice, it isn’t possible to tackle exactly the same ascent either.

However, we’ve made an attempt to convey a pure essence of a single one of them, printing over 100 carefully selected photos of mountain roads and passes on the pages of this book. Some of them are already known from The Climb calendar, but the vast majority will allow you to take a fresh look at Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Mont Ventoux or Alto de L’Angliru.

8 reviews for Cycling photo-album “Reaching the Clouds”

    15 July 2024
    I am a big fan of cycling and at the same time a collector of books about cycling. I have just received the book "Reaching the Clouds" and I must say that it is a very good contribution to the subject of significant mountain climbing. The book contains a lot of interesting information and beautiful photos, so every fan of this wonderful sport must have it. And if you are no a fan of mountain climbs, it does not matter, because it is very simple, the book is very nice designed, so you´ll have a very nice piece in your library ;-) Thank you guys for your book!
    Mirela Danciu
    25 June 2024
    It's a nice book to have if you are a pasionate cyclist. You can find inspiration for new climbs or "ride" again while reading the already done ones. I was expecting maybe more interesting details about the climbs, but overall it's a nice book.
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    21 June 2024
    Following last years first ride into the French Alpes, I participated in the Stelvio Gran Fondo in 2024. This got me wanting more, and I ran into this book. It's an awesome outline of all great, renowned (and lesser) climbs. It's a great list for me to explore and determine my next goals. The photos are stunning and the facts interesting. Great for displaying at home as well. 5/5
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    20 June 2024
    The book Reaching the clouds is just perfect. I just got mine, and absolutely love it. I’m so grateful that you made this. A perfect bucket list for me. It smells from every single page, that this book was written by cyclists to cyclists 🚴
    17 June 2024
    Well-organized book with beautiful pictures that tempt you to go on a trip. Thanks a lot.
    17 June 2024
    I was looking for such a book very long time. Well-organized with beautiful pictures that tempt you to go on a trip. Thanks a lot.
    2 June 2024
    Nice book
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    6 May 2024
    The book is perfect, pictures are superb, text is exactly what you need to know about each climb. Short and to the point. Quality is amazing.
    This is perfect gift for any cycling fan :)
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