Mountain Bike Grading
The following technical grading system is used on PisteHors.com. The physical difficulty can be calculated from the distance and amount of vertical. A 60km course over 2000 meters could be considered as Hard, a 100km course over 3000 meters Extreme.
- Easy Relatively flat gravel road or trail. No carrying.
- Moderate Forest trails with some easily avoidable obstacles such as roots and rocks. May require the rider to dismount for very short sections.
- Difficult Single tracks with hairpins. Challenging climbs and descents with tricky obstacles and poor grip.
- Hard Single tracks with hairpins requiring good technique and body positioning. Steps. Obstacles that restrict the room to manouvere. Possibility to descend difficult obstacles on foot.
- Extreme Trial riding. Drop offs with high risk of injury if you get it wrong.
Puy d'Oulles, Oisans, graded Difficult
Most routes will be a grade or two harder during or after rain. Helmets, gloves and eye protection are recommended for all grades but essential for Moderate and up. Body protection may be a good option for Hard and Extreme routes. Generally fully suspended bikes with hydraulic disk brakes are recommended for extreme routes.
Page last modified on June 30, 2006, at 03:53 PM