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    Ride Rating System (AKA we're all studs!)

    This ride rating system (first saw it on the Crater Lake route description page) is even funnier considering the BRDAA was founded in California:

    http://www.brdaa.org/Ride_Rating_System.htm

    So, at least half the rides I've done this year end up in that "extremely difficult" class, at least from a climbing perspective. See? we're all much better/tougher/fillinyourownadjectiveshere cyclists than we thought!

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    I saw that and thought "I must be very studly!"
    Then i figured out that they just have a lame rating system.
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    You know the system is flawed when I'm considered a badass.

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    My single speed after-work climb yesterday is squarely in EXTREMELY DIFFICULT climbing range...

    Huh. I mean, it felt hard, but I only had 1 gear!

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    I think it would be a challenge to find a ride in the Bay Area that is 40-60 miles, and only 1000-2000 feet climbing!
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    I think it would be a challenge to find a ride in the Bay Area that is 40-60 miles, and only 1000-2000 feet climbing!
    srysly. my 40 mile rides have 3500 ft climbing
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    Cool. So according to this system, I can be a legend in my own mind!

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    My last ride was 63 miles with 4500 ft of climbing.
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    What if my commute is in the Children's ride distance, but easy to moderate climbing??? lol

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    I don't even know how you could do a century here with 3000 feet of climbing.

    ????

    ETA - Oh wait - I get it now. The ratings make sense because it is "extremely difficult" to FIND a century with that little climbing here.
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    According to that scale, my last tour was extremely difficult. I did have one day I climbed over 5000' in the first 40 miles, then descended moslty for the next 63 miles. It was a tough climb (Mt Hood Highway, OR-35).

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    Quote Originally Posted by maillotpois View Post
    ETA - Oh wait - I get it now. The ratings make sense because it is "extremely difficult" to FIND a century with that little climbing here.


    I'm a little confused how the scale works. If I do > 3000' in under 10 miles, is that an extremely difficult children's ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post


    I'm a little confused how the scale works. If I do > 3000' in under 10 miles, is that an extremely difficult children's ride?
    Sure. A children's ride up the backside of Mt. Hamilton. Because kids love the observatory, but they gotta be tough to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    I think it would be a challenge to find a ride in the Bay Area that is 40-60 miles, and only 1000-2000 feet climbing!
    Ride around the south end of the bay using the Dumbarton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post


    I'm a little confused how the scale works. If I do > 3000' in under 10 miles, is that an extremely difficult children's ride?
    ...And how exactly do they define an extremely difficult child?

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    Heck, the ride I did on Monday had 6000 feet of climbing in the first 29 miles. How do I rank that?

    I think my ride ranking system is more useful for people who ride actual long rides...

    http://www.deitchman.net/blog/?p=104

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