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on 21 December 2013
I like the challenges of hill climbing & go out of my way to find hills, I am not a young lean racing machine, in fact I am 50 & weigh 16 stone, I use to be the last up the hill, when out with my club, but now I pace my hill climbing, so I get left behind at the beginning of the hill & pass members on the way up, so now I am not always the last up the hill.

Rebecca's book has helped me & given me ideas on how to improve.
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on 17 June 2014
An excellent read ! Very readable writing style, analysis of simple but very true common problems faced by most keen amateur cyclists. Most important the advice when implemented really worked and I am climbing wonderfully. And the rest is now down to just practice.
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on 11 July 2013
This book is a well written training book that will appeal to all levels of cyclists who are looking to improve their hill climbing.

The advice is simple to understand and yet at the same time very comprehensive. Rebecca's writing style provides interest and humour and provides good advice/expert guidance on each element that lead to improvements in your performance.

Fitness, Techniques, training sessions, Equipment, Pyschology, Diet and Weight are all covered. In each section there are many tips and hints that are practical and very useful.

I finished this book two days ago and started the training sessions about 7 days ago and so it is early days but I can confirm that the sessions and recovery times stated are accurately described and I believe that I will see improvements.

I am re-reading this book because I enjoyed it and finally I just wanted to confirm that I learnt a lot and I am actively trying the tips out. Recommended to anyone who rides a bike.
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on 15 January 2014
Rebecca Ramsay's message is simple - If you want to improve at hill climbing get out there and climb hills - there is no substitute. There are many different types of hills long, medium and short with varying gradients and ten different workouts are given. A lot of it you may have surmised yourself, but it is good to have it confirmed. At around the same price as a pint of beer, excellent value.
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on 1 August 2014
I persevered with been over geared and thought I would one day get stronger and quicker. I was wrong and then started avoiding hilly tough routes. By following a few tips from this book I changed my gearing and technique and within two weeks have started setting pb's on my local climbs. To be honest I haven't even started to see the improvement in muscle power but the technique has made some tortuous routes more enjoyable.
If you are a good climber already I don't know what you could glean from this book to improve. However if like me you changed routes to avoid climbs, read it, absorb the information and get out on your bike whatever the gradient and enjoy it. Remember why we took up the sport in the first place!!
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on 4 December 2013
I just love reading about cycling and Rebecca is one of my favourites. No nonsense , sensible advice....lots of tips here for beginners, improvers and indeed those of us who have been around the block. A great read thank you.
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on 1 October 2015
I think this book has lots of good advice about cycling in general. Having increased my climbing considerably the last few months I was keen to learn tips etc.

This book is more about winning and competing. Get to the top first - really good advice if that's your thing but for me not quite what I have in mind. I cycle alone so just want to improve my PB and learn the best way to climb that hill.

I enjoyed the useful side of it, diet, injuries etc and I like the way the book is simple to understand - no complex tech stuff - bring a woman this suited me!

Definitely buy if you take part in lots of Events and competitions - hills in every ride so useful for all.
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on 21 December 2013
Rebecca's advice is as always to the point,informative and extremely useful .I have read this twice to understand some of the mechanics of cycling uphill explained and how i can incorporate the useful advice into my ride to help me climb hills better,of which are certainly working.I would definitely recommend this to all cyclists,and why not check out all the other books from Rebecca as they are all as good as this one.
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on 16 March 2016
What a brilliant book. Great advise in all areas from mental, physical and diet. Rebecca has a great way of explaining how important rest it and take some time off the bike also to allow for recovery. Since I have taken her advise on board, I cannot wait to find a good climb and go for it. Simple reason the next time you do it, it is soo much easier. Best book on cycling, I also feel I have cheated her reading for free on Kindle unlimited. I am going to buy it and keep it as a reference.
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on 4 November 2013
This is a great book for anyone interested in improving the hill climbing and wondering why they struggle up hills, don't believe the hype it's all about putting in the miles and Rebecca explains how to best achieve it.

If you really want to climb like a pro ready Rebecca's book and be prepared to add some hill training sessions to your routine, I've done over 100,000 ft of climbing this year over 2000 miles and which I'd read it earlier.

Rebecca has also been kind enough to answer a few of my questions over Facebook so if you want more input she seems happy to give you some personal input. Maybe next year I'll go on holiday to Switzerland and join her on her training camps.
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