Gravel Route Difficulty Guide
Locating a Kentucky gravel route nearest you is easy enough. See our gravel routes page or check out resources like gravelmap.com or dig into a resource like the Kentucky Department of Transportation's Rural and Secondary Road map.
Finding a route that is well suited to your riding ability can be more of a challenge. In an effort to provide you more of a detailed look of what you are getting yourself into, we've put together the following resource, which seeks to not only identify a route, but assign n overall difficulty rating of "Beginner", "Intermediate", or "Advanced", much like they do with MTB trail systems.
Notes: These ratings are not perfect, but are designed to give you a sense of the overall difficulty of a route, relative to other routes that we've ridden. Factors we considered included the riding surface (e.g. well maintained roads often make for a less technical ride) and the hilliness of a route (for this, we focused on the measurement of ft/mile, dividing the overall riding elevation for a ride by the number of miles, distance, and the percentage of the route that is unpaved. Also, be sure to check out the YouTube Video for a preview of what to expect!
Have a favorite gravel route you'd like us to know about? Reach out via the Contact page.
Want to network with other Kentucky gravel cyclists, consider joining the Kentucky Gravel Cyclists facebook group.