styxd wrote:I try and do the FW every year. Never bother doing any big miles for "training" though, 50 is about as far as I go. Its more about the intensity. But I live in the area, so riding up wrynose and hardknott every weekend is possible for me.
I think climbing out of the saddle is key. Hills you normally ride sat down in the granny gear, ride them stood up in the big ring, all the way to the top (if you can).
I suspect our different outlooks are because of where we live, down here South of London there isn't anything that can mirror these climbs which is why I accept that I will always be rubbish over them and instead focus on pacing myself to do as little as possible while still making it over the top (doesn't help that I'm a rubbish climber).
Sounds like the OP has good base fitness, trains in a pretty focussed way and should be fine though.