Information Compiled by Mark Hoffman:
Many of you may not have realised that if you click on the Map My Ride icon on the top right additional route information including the ride profile becomes visible
The ride profile includes a climb rating system. For any climb to be rated (receive a climb score/category) it must be at least 500 meters in length with an average grade of 3% or more.
All climb scores are based on distance, grade/elevation change, and maximum elevation. The lower the number the steeper the climb. The following sceen captures show the ride profiles of the two options with the Death Valley ride including a category 3 (Col de Billy Goats) 4 and 5 hills, whilst The shorter ride has a category 4 climb up Red Hill to the quarry turnaround. Good luck with your ride planning.
Death Valley (Short)