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BICI system

The BICI system - Basic Information on Cycling Itineraries - is a information box that informs the user in an easy, direct and straightforward form of characteristics that present a route to be made by bicycle.

The BICI system summarizes the information of a certain route and consists of three parts: descriptive part, informative part and assessive part.

  • DESCRIPTIVE PART: Describes the features of the route numerically: duration, length, slope accumulated positive (S.A.P.) gap accumulated negative (G.A.N.), minimum height, maximum height and cyclability.
  • ASSESSIVE PART: Assesses the physical and technival aspects of the path using a scale of 1 to 5, strictly according to the methodology described in the user manual: traffic, ground, orientation and physical demand.
  • INFORMATIVE PART: Reports on the way of realization of the route: type of tour, bicycle type and availability of water.

Also provides a value named BICI Index (BI) which describes the physical and technical difficulty of the route and allows to compare different routes between each other.

Duration   The time spent on making the tour (without rests)
Length   The distance that the tour goes over
Slope accum. positive   Slope accumulated positive of the tour
Gap accum. negative   Gap accumulated negative of the tour
Minimum height   Lowest level of the tour
Maximum height   Highest level of the tour
Cyclability   Percentage of the tour without cycling problems

Type of tour Journey: Start and finish at diferent points
Return: Same itinerary there and back
Circular: There and back coincide in less than 50%
Bicycle type Road: Itinerary on good ground
Trekking: Terrain with some irregularity
Mountain: Irregular terrain and bad ground
Water Absent: It is necessary to take water for the hole tour
Lacking: It is possible to find fairly water on the tour
Abundant: No problem on getting water on the tour

Intensity of traffic
1 No motorized traffic
2 Road shared with lacking motorized traffic
3 Road with low intensity traffic
4 Road with middle intensity traffic
5 Road with high intensity traffic
Type of ground
1 Pavement
2 Trail with even ground
3 Uneven track
4 Terrain with advancing difficulty
5 Stepped path or irregular terrains, technical steps
Difficulty to follow the track
1 Plot well defined
2 Plot easy to follow
3 Plot with salvable discontinuity
4 Interpretation of geographical features and cardinal points
5 Orientation techniques and navigation out of trace are required
Physical demand
Physical difficulty
1 Low: Suitable for anyone with average physical condition (IB<10)
2 Low-middle: A minimum training is advisable (IB=10-25)
3 Middle: A regular uso of the bicycle is precised (IB=26-50)
4 High: A continuous training and use of the bicycle is necessary (IB=51-100)
5 Very high: A continuous traning and an expert driving are precised (IB>100)

BICI Index (IB): It is obtained through the Length depending on the type of Ground, the Slope Accumulated Positive, the Gap Accumulated Negative and represents the physical and technical demand of the tour.

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