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Scottish Lowland Roads: The Cyclist's Guide to Hillclimbs on [Paperback]

John H. McKendrick
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15 Dec 2011
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. 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 Glasgow and Ayrshire to Galloway, the Borders, Edinburgh and the Central Lowlands.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Mountains Ltd (15 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907025251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907025259
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super guide to some bike oad climbs 26 July 2012
The three previous reviews are spot on. A well researched, pocket sized guide to some Scottish lowland hills for road cyclists.

The book is split up into regions 1. Around Glasgow (including the Campsies) 2. Clyde Coast (including Bute and Arran) 3. Ayrshire and southwest coast 4. Dumfries and Galloway 5. The Borders 6. Around Edinburgh 7. Central Lowlands (Aberfoyle, Stirling, Done, Falkland)

Each hill contains a detailed description by the author, together with data on gradient, elevation gain, OS grid references and nearest train stations.

A short map accompanies each route, with the hardest part of each climb highlighted.

Nothing can quite compare to the relief of getting to the top of a serious climb without stopping. Your legs are telling you to get off and walk....but, the pain of the climb is temporary; the feeling of success in achieving the climb lasts forever. As Greg Lemond said, it doesn"t get any easier, you just get faster,

Highly recommend this book.....and will be getting the Highland book when it is published.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide to cycling hill climbs 30 July 2012
By iggy
Excellent wee book that covers most of the favourite road climbs for cyclists in central and southern Scotland like the Crow Road and Dukes Pass but also has a few hidden gems too. I was particularly happy to see the inclusion of the Ross in Arran (an often overlooked road for those who only do the circular route around the island) and the Hells Glen route up to the Rest and Be Thankful rather than the busy A83. The book is packed with useful information like diagrams, maps and stats of the climbs, along with photos and informative text yet it still comes in a package small enough to fit in a saddle bag or rear pocket on a cycling jersey.

If you were left disappointed with the lack of Scottish entries in Simon Warrens '100 Greatest Cycling Climbs' book (an otherwise excellent book let down by only having 7 climbs north of the border) then this is just the remedy. I look forward to working my way through the climbs featured and hopefully there will be another book in the series covering highland climbs too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Road CC Website 24 July 2012
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New book: The Cyclist's Guide to Hillclimbs on Scottish Lowland Roads

It remains to be seen whether the sequel to Simon Warren's '100 Greatest Cycling Climbs' coming out in May will feature more of an emphasis on Scotland because pretty much the only thing we could think of to criticise in the original was a relative lack of attention North-of-the-border which is perhaps not surprising when the author lives in the south and is not exactly lacking in options to find a hundred climbs or even the subsequent second hundred. Meanwhile this even more pocketable volume 'The Cyclist's Guide to Hillclimbs on Scottish Lowland Roads' is by John H Mckendrick a native Ayrshire resident, who, as the title suggests has gone for the detailed approach and 'just' covered the Lowlands, the southern half of Scotland essentially, and which anyone who has ever cycled there will know are not very 'low' at all. What you get for a very reasonable 6.99 is 36 climbs with full geographical details, tips for successful ascending - as well as descending, which we thought was a nice touch - as well as a homage to the great Robert Millar who made plenty of use of the six 'killer climbs' around his native Glasgow and who is still, the proud Scottish author reminds us, the only Briton ever to have won the King of the Mountains jersey in the Tour de France.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Edinburgh Bike Co-operative website 24 July 2012
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Pocket Mountains The Cyclist's Guide to Hillclimbs on Scottish Lowland Roads by John H Mckendrick

This book describes and maps some of Southern Scotland's best hill climbs for road cyclists.
Ride the roads that Robert Millar trained on before he went to France and was crowned King of the Mountains.
Unique Pocket Mountains' back-pocketable format.

This little book celebrates the fact that whilst hill climbs can be hard, they encapsulate the essence of cycling. Your efforts are awarded, first, by the sense of achievement and, second, for the free ride downhill that follows every climb.

The Cyclist's Guide to Hillclimbs on Scottish Lowland Roads describes and maps some of Southern Scotland's best hill climbs for road cyclists.

This guide forewarns you of the distance, the total height gain and the average gradient of each route.
Published by the same people who brought us the esteemed but inexpensive Pocket Mountain guide books for walkers.
Nice format - 15 x 10.5cm / 6 x 4" - just the right size (and content) to earn its place in any rider's back pocket.
Cover flaps make it easy to bookmark the route you're following.
Nicely printed in clear typeface with colour pictures and a pocket map of every route.
96 pages.
Published 2011.
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