How do I assess bike tours (bike tours, racing bike, long-distance bike route, mountain bike, MTB-Transalp) the right way?

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Each of your tours needs an assessment about the level of difficulty and an assessment about the terrain. Anyone choosing your tour relies on you description. Sometimes it’s not that easy to stay objective. This is why we have collected a few hints that might help you assess your biking tour the right way.

The points (1 to 6) are guide values which are adapted to the region. Therefore the standards of, for instance, landscapes and coastal regions considerably differ from alpine landscapes, but the points offer a good indication.

Difficulty

Stamina:

1 points: The tour takes its course on flat terrain with and has a short length. It is easily manageable, not demanding and can be done without any training in advance.

2 points: The tour mostly takes its course on flat terrain. It is manageable and can be done without longer training preparation.

3 points: The tour has ascents and descents and requires a basic level of fitness.

4 points: The tour takes its course over longer ascents, is moderately difficult and requires a good basic physical fitness.

5 points: The tour takes its course over long ascents, is demanding on several sections and requires a good level of physical fitness.

6 points: The tour takes its course over very long ascents, is very demanding and requires a very goof level of physical fitness.

 

Technique:

1 points: The terrain is very easy and can be done without specific training.

2 points: The terrain is mostly easy, requires surefootedness and can be done with little experience and sense of balance.

3 points: The terrain is diverse and requires previous experience and a sense of balance.

4 points: The terrain is partly difficult and requires previous experience. Biking in steep terrain should be controlled reliably.

5 points: The terrain is demanding and should only be done by athletes who have the sufficient experience and a very good control over their respective bikes.

6 points: The terrain is often difficult and requires a lot of experience, extreme control over the bike and courage and should therefore only be done by athletes.

 

Qualities

Experiential value:

1 point: In addition to the distance the tour offers few interesting viewpoints or nice resting places.

2 points: The tour offers few interesting viewpoints or nice resting places and has therefore a low experiential value.

3 points: The tour offers several interesting viewpoints or nice resting places. The downhill part offers adventurous, short challenges. The downhill part is diverse and offers interesting challenges, even for experienced bikers.

4 points: The tour offers several interesting viewpoints or nice resting places. The downhill part is diverse and offers interesting challenges, even to experienced bikers.

5 points: The tour is exciting and divers. It takes its course along a lot of eventful highlights. The downhill part offers a lot of exciting challenges, even to experienced bikers.

6 points: The tour is extremely exciting and takes its course along numerous eventful highlights. The downhill part offers a whole lot of exciting challenges, even to experienced bikers.

 

Landscape:

1 points: The tour mostly takes its course through built-up areas and doesn’t offer physiographical highlights.

2 points: The tour often takes its course through built-up areas and offers few nice views and physiographical highlights.

3 points: The tour mostly takes its course through built-up areas and offers few nice views, but several physiographical highlights.

4 points: The tour often takes its course through nature offering a lot nice views and physiographical highlights.

5 points: The tour mostly takes its course through nature and offers a lot of scenic highlights.

6 points: The tour only takes its course through nature and offers, apart from beautiful views, numerous scenic highlights.

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