In another thread, Kylie was questioning the definition of Hors Categorie and Neil stepped in to explain the "beyond category" climbs in the tour.

I thought I'd post the best explaination I've found.

You take a Citroen 2CV (See below) and try to drive it up the climb. If it will do it in 4th gear, it's a 4th category climb. If you need to put it in third, it's a category three and so on. If it won't get up the mountain at all, it's a Hors Categorie climb.

Hope that helps.

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Comment by Susan on July 9, 2009 at 3:08pm
Does the car go faster if you put lots of screaming fans on the sideline and paint it's name across the road?
Comment by Freewheelin' Franklin on July 9, 2009 at 3:17pm
you would think there would be a category R as well... ?
Comment by Freewheelin' Franklin on July 9, 2009 at 3:26pm
My old man had to back our Austin up steep hills when I was a kid...

but you can read into it what you will
Comment by Dabba on July 9, 2009 at 5:19pm
I have similar recollections, but of a bus that couldn't climb up the hill near my parents house after they'd put a new tighter fan belt on it. Do you remember Noah too FF?
Comment by Freewheelin' Franklin on July 9, 2009 at 6:07pm
you mean in the biblical sense?
Mmmm... I guess... my favourite bike as a youngster was a long frame malvern star dragster, but my younger brother got a BMX if that helps with your carbon dating?
Comment by Dabba on July 9, 2009 at 7:51pm
Sounds like my frame pre-dates yours then.
Comment by Josh on July 10, 2009 at 2:16pm
Pahh! If that were true, HC climbs would be known as "F#$%ing car! Piece of sh#t! Why won't you work!?!!" category. Or FCPOSWWYW.
Comment by Neil Alexander on July 10, 2009 at 5:36pm
Or: MAPDMPVNMP en francais.

I'm sure it will catch on. ;-)
Comment by Michael O'Reilly on July 13, 2009 at 1:09pm
I always thought "hors categorie" meant you needed a horse to haul you up it. ...

I'm told that alpine climbs tend to follow historic tracks that have evolved since the days of horse-drawn transport. This apparently makes the gradients easier than in countries where roads were built for Commodores and Falcons...

I'm clinging in hope to this theory as I set off to tackle a few of said climbs with a bung achilles tendon ...


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