Lovely area Many many decades ago I was at Edinburgh Uni and in the summer we used to trek the Dick Vet ponies down to Hawick (iirc) where the vet students ran week long trekking holidays staying at the youth hostel
** I'm not a vet but did use to ride out a lot at weekends so was one of the honoured ones invited to do the 2 day trek down and back at either end of the season...
Re Austria - not only am I appalling at going up hill but I don't have many around here so hill specific training has to be a bit make do and mend
I am crap at looking at profiles and understanding how they translate into 'real' riding.
Me too.........although I do like numbers.........that's why I'm going to do the Surrey Hills sportive this weekend to see just how bad I am at some "known" (to other people anyway!) hills........suspect there will be some walking involved.......usually is when I make a rare excursion to the hills.......
Whereabouts were you riding Nursey? Have you got decent access to hilly bits for practice?