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A Cyclist’s Guide to Hillclimbs

By John H McKendrick

Who likes climbing hills? The fight against gravity can leave your legs screaming in pain, your chest burning in agony and your head desperately craving oxygen. Yet there’s a great feeling of achievement after taking on a murderous climb and winning. You may not enjoy it at the time, but that feeling always brings you back for more.

Scotland has few roads that compare to the high passes of the Alps or Pyrenees, yet it was a Scot – the great Robert Millar from Glasgow – who became the first (and only) Briton to win the Tour de France’s famed red polka dot jersey and it was on the hills around his native city that he began his quest to be crowned ‘King of the Mountains’.

In this guide John McKendrick brings together 36 of Southern Scotland's best hillclimbs, including such cycling club favourites as The Nick o’ the Balloch, The Crow Road, The Duke’s Pass and The Serpentine, as well as many less-known but equally exhilarating and testing climbs – stretching from Millar's cycling heartland of Glasgow and Ayrshire to Galloway, the Borders, Edinburgh and the Central Lowlands.

96 pages

105mm x 148mm

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