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?
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.