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after a few years those big bad hills turn into little bumps . as you lose the fat, some of the weight turns into muscle, so you will swap some fat for muscle, and you will lose some extra fat. the 12 kg of fat you want to lose (how do you know that it's 12 kg?) is holding you back: it's like carrying an extra bicycle around. the 4 kg of muscle you may gain will be helping you a lot too, so don't worry about not losing as much weight as you want to.
hills that hurt once eventually don't hurt anymore, but then bigger hills hurt instead.
if you just train on the flats, you quickly reach a point where there is no perceived need to work any harder. unless you get into TT racing, of course.
go on long interesting rides. it is really the length of time in the saddle (at a pace you can just keep up for two-three hours) that will get you fit and lose fat. sydney doesn't really have any difficult long climbs (aerobically speaking), although when you start it seems that way!. maybe some, like out of the royal, into waterfall. it certainly has some short bastard climbs, but when you get stronger you can just crank up them anaerobically. you really have to go to mountain country for climbs!