Jargon busting


Here are some useful cycling terms and words to help you know a bit more about cycling and your visitors:

Touring: Cycling whilst carrying several days worth of equipment.

XC or cross country mountain biking: a mix of technical bike riding with climbs and descents, most routes are between 1 and 6 hours in length.

DH or Downhill mountain biking: highly technical cycling entirely down steep hills involving riding obstacles at speed. Short courses.

Family route: Normally a short loop on quiet lanes or trails.

C2C: Coast to Coast cycle route.

End to End: A Lands End to John o' Groats tour.

Gradient: Remember, a motorist’s idea of flat often varies to that of a cyclist struggling against gravity with a fully laden bike.

Cyclists appreciate accurate local knowledge on this matter.  The route details on Cycle Scottish Borders highlights the height gain for the route under the route profiles tab so have a look at them so you can advice your visitors as they travel around, or point them in the direction of the site by linking from your own.