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Hill CategoriesPSUbikerben
Jul 28, 2001 8:02 AM
How do they determine what category a hill is, so I can compair it to the clims around me.
Many factorsKerry Irons
Jul 29, 2001 4:26 PM
Hill categories are determined by length of the climb, steepness of the climb, position in the stage, and the number of climbs in a stage. Even then, there are disagreements about some of the climbs categorization. The big climbs in the TdF (category 1 and Hor Categorie) are 10-15 miles in length, with grades averaging 6-8%. Got any of those in your neighborhood? If you go to the TdF web site, they have route maps that list the length and grade of the various climbs. That should be instructive.