Simon Warren has been obsessed with cycling since the summer of 1989 after watching Greg Lemond battle Laurent Fignon in the Tour de France. A few weeks later he rode his first race, a 10-mile time trial on the A1 from Newark to Grantham and back, and was hooked for life. Simon soon found his forte was racing up hills, and so began his fascination with steep roads. His quest to discover Britain’s greatest climbs resulted in 2010’s bestselling book, 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, followed to date by 12 more guides to vertical pain, covering the British Isles, Belgium, France and Italy. He hosts talks and guided rides, has written columns for magazines, and in 2020 released his first book of cycling routes, Ride Britain. Simon splits his time between working as a graphic designer and running his 100 Climbs brand. He lives on the edge of the Peak District in Sheffield with his wife and two children.