Trail Grading

Conditions that may affect grading in Eco Team cycling Trails.

Please note that it is not possible  to be absolutely precise about the grading of a trail  as there are many contributory factors involved . The main benefit of grading a trail  is to provide you with an overall indicator to compare one ride against another. We therefore look at the following 6 factors before outlining the grade

  • Length of the ride for a day.
  • Average altitude and altitude gain and loss.
  • Trail conditions.
  • Level of backpacking required.
  • Temperature range and likely weather conditions.
  • Level of humidity [ can jump from 70% to 90% very easily]
  • Remoteness to services and general level of comfort.

* Please note the weather condition in Sri Lanka:

    Lowlands- tropical, average 27C ,  Central Hills- cooler, with temperatures dropping to 14C. The south-east monsoon brings the rain to the western, south western and central regions from May to July, while the north-western monsoon occurs in the north and east in December and January. Sri Lanka generally  boasts of  a good climate for holiday-makers throughout the year

THE GRADES

A (Soft)

For Part time & leisure Riders -  Although predominantly on dirt roads or small tarmac roads , these trails  may  also be on short and easy off-road sections. Mainly on flat and very gentle slopes. Usually, these type of trails  are short in duration and done  at lower altitudes; often they are optional, providing  a rest day in between the tour .

B (Moderate)

Most people who enjoy a weekend of Biking  in the hills or mountains at home are capable of undertaking a trail of this  level.

This level of trails are for Cyclist who ride  regularly as a means of exercise  . There are a variety of gentle off-road routes with very few  technical sections. [But we could  always provide  our clients the option of taking a more  difficult section or an easier route / or travel in the backup vehicle.]

C (Hard/Professional/Technical)

For trails which entail  Hard / Professional  / Technical  sections, fitness is one of the  most important component  and you may have to improve yours before the start of the expedition . These sections are usually located at significantly higher altitudes and with substantial  elevation differences. Some routes are designed with tough single trails that would require the utmost competence  [But we could  always provide  our clients the option of riding on  these trails or take an easier route / travel in the backup vehicle.]