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physical level

Every route is different. Every rider is different

Based on these two ideas, we have defined two types of difficulty for each route: physical difficulty and technical difficulty. They are each broken down into 5 levels to help you decide which route is best for you.

It is particularly important that you know how to determine your physical and technical difficulty levels when selecting one of our routes. If you are at a higher level than the route you have selected, you could become bored, but if you choose a route that surpasses your level, you may not keep up with the group and it will be an inconvenience both for you and for the rest of the group.

The physical and technical difficulty levels described below (and which are clearly indicated in the file for each route) were designed with the utmost technical and scientific rigour by our team of experts educated at theINEFC - Universitat de Barcelona (National Institute for Physical Education, Catalonia)


What is my physical level?

The physical level required for each of our routes is indicated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5, the most demanding. Below you will find the characteristics which define each level.

Level 1 / 5

  • You can ride for 2-3h/day for a maximum of 2 consecutive days at a moderate pace with long rests
  • You can manage a 200m uphill climb over the course of a day
  • You do 1-2h/week of physical activity (walking, cycling, running, swimming, gym...)
  • You are in poor to average physical condition

Level 2 / 5

  • You can ride for 2-3h/day for 2 (or more) consecutive days at a moderate and constant pace with rests
  • You can manage a 400m uphill climb over the course of a day
  • You do 2-3h/week of physical activity (walking, cycling, running, swimming, gym...)
  • You are in average physical condition

Level 3 / 5

  • You can ride for 4h/day for 2 (or more) consecutive days at a moderate and constant pace with rests
  • You can manage a 500-700m uphill climb over the course of a day
  • You do 3-4h/week of aerobic exercise (cycling, running, swimming)
  • You are in average-good physical condition

Level 4 / 5

  • You can ride for 5-6h/day for 2 (or more) consecutive days at a moderate/fast pace with rests
  • You can manage a 800-1,200m uphill climb over the course of a day
  • You do 5h/week of aerobic exercise, much of it on the bike
  • You are in good physical condition
  • You know your body well enough to know when to stop or let up your pace

Level 5 / 5

  • You can ride for >6h/day for 2 (or more) consecutive days at a fast pace
  • You can manage a >1,500m uphill climb over the course of a day
  • You do >5h/week of aerobic exercise or 2-3 days/week of high-intensity cycling
  • You are in top physical condition
  • You know your body well enough to know when to stop or let up your pace
  • You have participated in competitions/races
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