Cycling Scenic West Virginia - Ride Difficulty Rating

There is no perfect rating system. I use a numerical system based on distance and climbing to allow some comparability between rides. The major factor that is not measures by this system is grade. Climbing 1,000 feet on the ride with a maximum 4% grade is different then climbing 1,000 feet with a gradient of 10%.

Numerical Ride Rating formula.

0.5 per 10 miles
0.5 per 1000 feet of climbing.

A ride of 10 miles with 1000 feet of climbing receives a rating of 1.0.
A ride of 30 miles and 1,500 feet of climbing receives a rating of 2.25.
A ride of 50 miles and 5,000 feet of climbing receives a rating of 5.
A ride of 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing would receive a rating of 10.


The listing of routes on this site is not a guarantee of the safety of the route. Cycling has inherent risks and riders skills vary. Traffic conditions vary by time of day, season and local events. Road conditions can vary and change and may change dramatically over one winter season. Riders need to ride within their capabilities and be alert for road hazards and traffic at all times.

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