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TdF Climb Ratings

Bike climbs can be rated using various methods. This is the method used in the Tour de France. This system takes into account both the length and steepness of a climb as well as its position in the route.

Category 4: Usually less than 2 miles in length. Climbs of 250 to 500 feet in elevation gain. (Norris Canyon)

Category 3: Between 2 and 3 miles in length. Climbs of 500 to 1,500 feet in elevation gain. (Palomares Road)

Category 2: Between 3 and 6 miles in length. Climbs of 1,500 to 3,000 feet in elevation gain. (Mt. Hamilton)

Category 1: Between 6 and 12 miles in length, and steeper than a 5 percent grade. Climbs of 3,000 to 5,000 feet in elevation gain. (Diablo South Gate)

Hors Cat├ęgorie (HC) or Uncategorized: Usually more than 12 miles in length, with grades often exceeding 10 percent. Climbs of 5,000+ feet in elevation gain.

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What is Grade?

Want to know more about grade? How is calculated and what it means? Read "Understanding Grade".

Have a look at the Tour de France climb ratings if you see another way to rate climbs.