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Ride Intensity Levels

Note: Average speeds are rough approximations of ride intensity. Actual average speed will vary.

See all our scheduled rides on the Calendar of Events.


Ride Category

Details

Fast

A Rides

Average speed: 17 to 20 mph or faster on relatively flat terrain with no wind
Terrain: Probably to include steep or long climbs
Pace-lines: Expected and probably necessary

Ride Leader/Sweeper: Never. These are always 'drop' rides


Our'A' rides take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Sunday rides are typically 45-80 miles long and more than 3,000' of elevation gain. Weekday rides average 25-30 miles and up to 2500’ of elevation gain. This is a drop ride, know the route and be prepared to ride solo if you can’t keep up with the pace. There will be minimal short regroups and usually a food/beverage stop at some point during or following the ride. There's generally lots of climbing on these rides and pace lines are common. The A rides are friendly and social rides, not races, but regroups are short and the pace is demanding.

Advanced

B Rides

Average speed: 15 to 17 mph on relatively flat terrain with no wind
Terrain: May have moderate or long climbs
Pace-lines: Expected and beneficial

Ride Leader/Sweeper: Usually 'no-drop' rides.


Our 'B' rides take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. They typically follow the same route as the A rides but are sometimes shorter on weekdays. These are usually no-drop rides but you should know the route even if there is a sweep. There will be regroups and usually a food/beverage stop at some point during or after the ride. Pace lines are common. The B rides are friendly and social rides, not races, but the pace can be demanding.

 Intermediate 

C Rides

Average speed: 12 to 15 mph on relatively flat terrain with no wind
Terrain: May have moderate or long climbs
Pace-lines: Expected and beneficial

Ride Leader/Sweeper: Always, as these are 'no-drop' rides.


Our 'C' rides take place on Tuesdays. (Additional days may be added based on demand.) They follow a route similar to the B rides (sometimes a little shorter) at a slower pace. These are no-drop rides: there will always be a sweep. There will be regroups and usually a food/beverage stop at some point during or after the ride. This is a good place to learn about pace lines. The C rides are friendly and social rides and the pace is a little more relaxed.

Social

D Rides

Average speed: Less than 12 mph on relatively flat terrain with no wind
Terrain: Flat, or nominal hills. Frequent use of bike trails.
Pace-lines: Not expected.
Ride Leader/Sweeper: Always, as these are 'no-drop' rides.


Our 'D' rides take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

This group prides itself on encouraging riders new to group riding. Rides typically last about an hour, cover between 8-12 miles with little or no elevation gain, and generally maintain an average pace of 10-12 mph on the flats. These are no-drop rides, but riders are expected to keep up with the pace. Groups stick together and there is always a "ride sweeper" to help out with mechanical problems.


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