Who likes climbing hills? The fight against gravity can leave your legs screaming in pain, you 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 H. McKendrick brings together 36 of southern Scotlands best hill climbs, including such cycling club favourites as Th Nick o' the alloch, 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.