Climbs Explained in 280 Characters or Less (#N280 No.2)

Climbs Explained in 280 Characters or Less (#N280 No.2)

Gradient Explained in 280 Characters

A percentage grade (slope) for an incline is the ratio of vertical distance traveled versus horizontal distance traveled across a segment. Slope can be calculated as elevation gain divided by distance. 100 feet over 5000 feet is 2% (100/5000 x 100).

Category Climbs Explained In 280 Characters    (Imperial)

Climbs are rated based on a function of distance, elevation change, and max elevation. Cat 5 (Easiest): 0.3 miles at 3% grade. Cat 4: 2.5 miles at avg. 4%.  Cat 3: 2.5 miles at avg 6%. Cat 2: 5 miles at avg 6%. Cat 1: 6 miles at 8%. HC: 11 miles at +8% or last leg Cat 1.

Category Climbs Explained In 280 Characters    (Metric)

Climbs are rated based on a function distance, elevation change, and max elevation. Cat 5 (Easiest): 500 meters at 3% grade. Cat 4: 4 kilometers at avg. 4%.  Cat 3: 4km at avg 6%. Cat 2: 8km at avg 6%. Cat 1: 10km at 8%. HC: 18km at +8% or last leg Cat 1.

Longest Climbs Explained in 280 Characters      (Imperial)       

lto de Letras (Columbia): 12,467 feet over 51 miles. Muana Kea (Hawaii) – 13799 feet over 43mi. Dante’s View (Death Valley) – 5856 feet over 40mi. Death Road (Bolivia) 11632 feet over 49mi. Mount Etna (Italy) 9483 feet over 29mi. Wuling Pass (Taiwan) 8850 feet over 33mi.

Longest Climbs Explained in 280 Characters      (Metric)       

Alto de Letras (Columbia): 3,800 meters over 82 km. Muana Kea (Hawaii) – 4,200 meters over 70km. Dante’s View (Death Valley) – 1785 meters over 65km. Death Road (Bolivia) 3657 meters over 65km. Mount Etna (Italy) 2895 meters over 47km. Wuling Pass (Taiwan) 2697 meters over 53km.

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