HOW TO RATE THE DIFFICULTY OF A ROUTE OR A BICYCLE CIRCUIT?
1- Very easy: A very easy circuit, is suitable for people who can ride a bike on flat asphalt roads and then stop without stumbling. You must have basic notions of braking and shifting. You must have sufficient balance to ride the bike in a straight line without making sudden involuntary maneuvers to the sides.
2- Easy: to pedal on an easy circuit you need to have fluid shifting management that allows you to climb an asphalt slope or pedal on a flat surface without making greater effort, optimizing the energy of your legs at all times. You must also know how to differentiate and use both brakes correctly, the front and the rear.
3- Intermediate: to pedal a circuit of intermediate difficulty, you must master the skills mentioned above, both on asphalt and gravel roads and on low difficulty trails. You must also have an understanding of the correct body position on different terrains and braking precision on slippery terrain and on descents. It is important that you skillfully handle the gear change, both the plates and the sprockets.
4- Difficult: a difficult circuit is suitable for experienced cyclists who know how to pedal on uneven terrain with obstacles, climbs, descents and adverse conditions, such as mud, sand or stones. The cyclist must have good control and control the bicycle at all times, optimizing performance through precise use of gears. It is also necessary to understand how to take advantage of the acceleration of descents to successfully overcome dirt climbs and obstacles such as logs or loose rock.
5- Expert: to master an expert level circuit, it is necessary to train regularly and have physical strength. The pilot must be able to perform jumps and maneuvers at high speed without losing control at any time. It is necessary to master all pedaling, turning and braking techniques on narrow trails with steep slopes of more than 30%, and know how to avoid obstacles such as steps, rocks, roots and slippery ground with mud or dust.
We cannot rate the physical difficulty of a bike route, since it strictly depends on the level of training that each person has. As a reference we can say that 35 kilometers by bike is approximately equivalent to 10 kilometers on foot. Circuits with many meters of ascent and gravel surface are more demanding from a physical point of view. In conclusion, we can affirm that a person with an average training, can pedal a distance of 35 to 45 kilometers without major inconvenience, during a period of 4 to 5 hours including rest stops.
If you opt for an e-bike, the physical effort decreases considerably, up to 60% less depending on your riding and pedaling skills.
To achieve this challenge, it is advisable to have a minimum of experience in rafting or kayaking. Bikerafting consists of completing a rafting route autonomously, without the need for a vehicle to pick you up at the end of the raft descent.
To achieve this we must have a means of locomotion by water (packraft) and a means of locomotion by land (bicycle). In addition, we must have a special loading equipment to load the raft on the bike, that allows us to travel easily. (Bikepacking cargo equipment)
River Limay is an accessible and low difficulty option to experience bikerafting for the first time.
This adventure begins in Bariloche. You must pedal 18 km to the beginning of the Limay River. About 100 meters before the bridge that marks the beginning of the river, turn to the right along a gravel road that borders the watercourse. It is important explore the river bank until you find a comfortable beach to
set the raft and board easily. You must look at the first 500 meters of the river to detect any obstacles, since the first section of the limay has some rocks. After the rocks, the course is simple and friendly. Remember to embark away from the start of the river.
Once you are on board anticipate the turns of the river by staying in the center of the course. Be careful no to get caught with the trees by the shore. The rafting ends in Villa Llanquin (hanging bridge). You can sleep and eat patagonian lamb for dinner at La Maroma Lodge (Micaela +54 9 2944 702399). Come back pedaling the next day along the rural road that borders the Limay.
The difficulty of the rafting is Class I / II (Easy)