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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, Thursdays, and Sundays. 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' are currently suspended due to COVID-19 and lack of interest. If you want to see us resume these rides, please Contact Us. 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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