Just like with ski pistes and walking routes, approved mountain bike routes are also assigned difficulty grades. Inclines and the state of the route are normally the decisive factors for the grading of easy, medium, difficult and extremely difficult routes.
- Easy routes are marked in blue. These are family-friendly cycle routes that can also be completed with normal bicycles, and they feature good surfaces. Inclines and slopes average between 0 and 5 percent. On blue routes there are usually no particular areas of danger, and any danger points will be indicated with signs.
Medium routes are marked in red. These are routes that require some sports cycling ability and defensive cycling. Inclines and slopes average between 5 and 12 percent. On red routes there are unclear and curved sections, while car traffic that takes the full width of the route must be counted on.
- Difficult routes are marked in black. These are challenging mountain bike routes, with numerous danger spots that exceed the maximum incline of a red route, which have even more difficult route characteristics. Adjusting your cycling according to the situation and thinking ahead is required.
- Extremely difficult single trails are marked in yellow. Single trails are extreme and challenging routes that can’t be accessed by cars. Cycle carefully – on yellow routes there is a danger of falling as in parts there will be no safety features like railings. You can also expect obstacles like high steps, roots and rocks, along with sections when you will need to push or carry the bike.