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Climbs and Punishment

by Felix Lowe.

Felix Lowe humblebrags his way from Barcelona to Rome by bike, shadowing the route of Hannibal’s advance in 218 BC for much of the way.

Lowe details the countryside, the history, and the food, and talks a lot about how much he’s struggling with the ride but beating the pants off his (oh-so inadequate) companions anyway. The history was fascinating, and the section on the Alpe d’Huez was interesting, but the rest really rather tiresome.

This book has inspired me to read more about Hannibal, but not, under any circumstances, anything more about Felix Lowe.


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