What is it?
It might seem self-explanatory, but the app version of the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs book by Simon Warren really brings this list to life. It not only lists the climbs and gives information that you’d find in the book, but it also uses your phone’s GPS to locate them.
The app can be seamlessly linked with Strava, and when your ride history has been processed your home page will display a ‘100 Climbs Score’, showing how many you’ve completed. The bigger the score, the bigger the bragging rights! The stats are readily displayed so you can view your metrics.
The interactive map can be instantly directed to the base of each climb, and from here you can view a factfile which gives you all the vital info about the gradient, length and difficulty ratings.
What makes it unique?
It’s probably the most comprehensive interactive list of climbs in Britain all under one ‘roof’, and the seamless Strava syncing plus motivational scoring system sets it apart from similar apps. The numerous options to easily customise, according to difficulty, geography or simply by which climb is nearest to you, is also a neat feature. Though lists like these are always going to be a cause for debate and will chop and change, 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs has managed to position itself as an official voice on the subject in a fairly short space of time.
How can it help me?
As well as being informative this app provides some pretty good motivation to get more out of your rides, and perhaps find a fabled climb closer to your front door than you might have thought. There’s nothing like getting fitter on your quest for bragging rights to conquer all the best hills in the UK! If you go back to tackle the climbs again having improved, the app will give you a really good digital chart of your progress.
Where can I get it?
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.