How would you calculate the effort ratio between rides?
Let's say that you have a standard ride of 15 miles with 1000 feet of climbing. That becomes your baseline, for comparison purposes.
Now you have a newer ride that has 25 miles with 3500 feet of climbing.
If you wanted to calculate how much more effort the newer ride is compared to the baseline ride (is it 1.5 times harder, 2 times harder?, 4 times harder? etc), how would you calculate that?
The idea here is that we're planning a trip out west and trying to get an idea of how much more effort those rides are going to require.
Thanks for your statistical ideas because I'm out of them!
EDIT: My original equation was to multiply the distance by the ascension for both, then divide the baseline into the new ride.
= (25 * 3500) / (15 * 1000)
Would be about 5.8 times harder, but that number seems to be too high.
EDIT: May also have to factor in elevation as we'll be riding in the Rockies.
Last edited by xfimpg; 08-18-11 at 07:09 AM.