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Ride Intensity Levels, and Guidance


If you are a beginner-cyclist, or you an experienced rider who enjoys century rides and challenging climbs on our gorgeous mountainous roads; you may find riding opportunities with Fort Collins Cycling Club
One may find them on the Calendar of Events

Young riders who are not self-sufficient or cannot be expected to keep-up with most of the riders, must be with a responsible adult rider; and, complete a Minor Waiver.  
This is not a club for an unattended-beginner rider, except on Easy/Green_Circle rides. 
Bicycle trailer is not allowed, except on Easy/Green_Circle rides. 


Please, study our Ride Guidelines and Safety InformationAny question, concern, or idea to enhance these Ride Guidelines or Ride Intensity is welcome and encouraged. 



Four Ride Categories

One important thing you can do is to choose rides which are right for your abilities and interests. 

Use this guide to get a general overview of the levels of rides. 

Note: anticipated speed is an indication of anticipated intensity; it may not be the actual average speed.

 (For example: Actual average speed may be less than 14-mph, or more than 17-mph, on a ride which is rated BLUE_SQUARE!)

If you want to add a slower or faster level group; you may. Please, request it to be included by the Recreational Rides Director; or, ride posting comment on Facebook.

 

EASY/ C/ GREEN_CIRCLE/ Green Circle rides may have a Ride Leader. 
Distance: Typically 20 miles or less
Average speed: Less than 14-mph on relatively flat terrain with no wind
Terrain: Flat, or nominal hills
Pace-lines: Not expected under most conditions

  INTERMEDIATE/ B/ BLUE_SQUARE
Distance
: Typically 20 to 40 miles.
Average speed: 14- to 17-mph on relatively flat terrain with no wind
Terrain: Flat, or rolling terrain with infrequent short climbs
Pace-lines: Possible, but not expected

  CHALLENGING/ A/ BLACK_DIAMOND
Distance
: Typically 40 to 60 miles.
Average speed: 17- to 20-mph on relatively flat terrain with no wind
Terrain: May have moderate or long climbs
Pace-lines: Expected, and probably necessary

  EXPERT/ AX/ DOUBLE_BLACK_DIAMOND
Distance: Typically 60 miles or longer
Average speed: 20-mph or faster on relatively flat terrain with no wind
Terrain: Probably to include steep or long climbs
Pace-lines: Expected, and most beneficial
 
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About our Rides



 


 
Major Events

Major events are rides hosted by organizations other than FCCC; but, we expect our members may be present.  Examples include the Bicycle Tour of Colorado, the Triple Bypass, the Copper Triangle, the Stonewall Century, the Skinny Tire Festival.... 
 We sometimes coordinate travel/lodging or other support  services. 






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