About le grimpeur

For your author, cycling is all about climbing. It’s the majesty, the suffering, and the sense of achievement of ascending the mountains. Hence le grimpeur, a collection of writing about climbs, climbing, and climbers.

This blog has been online since 2007 and often explores different ideas about cycling and the linkages between cycling, literature, philosophy, sociology and politics. The opinions expressed are, of course, entirely my own. My regular work is with words so this is a creative outlet. There’s occasionally some provocative ideas to challenge accepted thinking, but with the intention of being thought provoking rather than an out-and-out critique.

At some point, we can all agree that we share a passion for the bike. Sometimes we need to worry less about our differences and remember our commonalities – the bike, the suffering, and the joy.

(You may have noticed, dear reader, that the tags and categories links on the blog don’t work. This has been a source of ongoing frustration for some time. If you have a solution, do tell! Otherwise, you can see recent posts at the bottom of the main page, use the search function, or browse some of the pages on the main menu.)

My writing on cycling also appears on a semi-regular basis on Pez Cycling News:

Daniel Friebe and Eddy Merckx – The Cannibal

Interview with Alex Stieda

Mark Johnson and ‘Argyle Armada’

Richard Moore and ‘Slaying the Badger’

The Adventures of Gino Bartali, part 2

The Adventures of Gino Bartali, part 1

The Italian Lion of Flanders

How to win MSR, by Fausto Coppi

Geoff Drake, author of Team 7-Eleven

Looking back with Adam Hansen

Copenhagen course preview

Profile of Vito Favero

Christian Vande Velde interview

Catching up with Paul Sherwen

Back to action: Magnus Backstedt

Behind the scenes: Chann McRae

Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux

The Tour of Good Health: 1968

Profile of photographer Cor Vos

Wrap-up of the 2008 Dauphiné

Dauphiné stage 1 report

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré preview

The 1990 Giro with Frankie Andreu

Adam Hansen previews L-B-L

Profile of Adam Hansen

Update from Julian Dean

Catching up with Frankie Andreu

Interview with Paul Sherwen

Profile on Tom Danielson

Interview with Phil Liggett

Stuttgart preview with Erik Zabel

Julian Dean interview

The Croix de Fer



Contact me by emailing ‘guy’ at the site address of ‘le-grimpeur.net’.

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