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This is a guide to each clubs ride rating system

Scroll down to each clubs method of interpreting the rating system. 

Each club uses a different system and getting every club to agree on a standard is not going to be possible given the independent nature of cyclists.  So determine what club is sponsoring the ride from the Ride Calendar and come here for a detailed explanation of the rating.  (Ratings courtesy of the each club).

Almaden Cycle Touring Club

TERRAIN

1 - Flat or with small bumps, Monterey Hwy, Santa Teresa Blvd.
2 - Small rollers: McKean/Uvas Rds., Portola Valley Loop
3 - Short hills: Shannon, Kennedy, Bailey, Bernal, Croy
4 - Longer hills: Bonny Doon, Hwy 9, Calaveras, Hecker Pass, Tunitas, Mt.Eden/Pierce, Hwy 236, Palomares
5 - Steep hills: Hicks, Sierra, Metcalf, Montebello, Felton Empire, Zayante, Alpine, Henry Coe, Mt.Hamilton
6 - Very Steep hills: Alba, Bohlman, China Grade, Jamison Creek, Quimby, Redwood Gulch, Sanborn

PACE

SL - Slow leisurely: below 10 mph. Stops as needed.
L - Leisurely: 10-12 mph. Stops as needed.
LM - Easy moderate: 12-14 mph. Regroups approx. every 30 min.
M - Moderate: 14-16 mph. Regroups approx. every 45 min.
MB - Hard moderate: 16-18 mph. Regroups approx. every hour.
For experienced riders.
B - Brisk: 18-20 mph. Stops infrequently.
S - Strenuous: faster than 20 mph. Stops infrequently.


Benicia Bicycle Club

Coming Soon


Bicycle Club of Irvine

Helmets required


Cambria Killer Bees

None


Central Valley Wheelers

None yet


Channel Islands Bicycle Club

Ride Climbing Difficulty
Climb Categories
Cat 4
Cat 3
Cat 2
Cat 1
hors Cat
Length (miles)
<2
<3
3-6
6-12
>12
Grade (%)
<3
<4
>4
>5
>8
Local example
Bates Road
Dennison from Ojai
Casitas Pass
Rose Valley
Gibraltar Road
Riding Difficulty
A
B
C
D
E


Chico Velo

Ride Ratings

Pace
A: 10-12 mph on flat road
B: 13-15 mph on flat road
C: 16-18 mph on flat road
D: 19-21 mph on flat road
E: 22-24 mph on flat road
F: 25 or higher on flat road

Terrain:
1: Flat road
2: Mostly flat with some rollers
3: Some significant climbing, some flats
4: Mostly climbing or descending


Citta Dei Polli Cicilista


Conejo Valley Cyclists


Covina Cycle Club

* "Oh, man, that was so easy, I could do it again right now"
** "Hey, that wasn't too bad. I could do this again tomorrow"
*** "Man, is my butt sore. I need to ride more than twice a year"
**** "OH MY GOD!! I'm sticking to watching TV and eating Cheesy Poofs!!"
***** "Tell my wife that I love her, and that my will is in the safe deposit boxaaarrghhh!!"


Davis Bike Club

General Ride Information: Helmets are required on all Davis Bike Club rides. All rides begin at Starbucks (2038 Lyndell Terrace, east of Sutter Davis Hospital), unless otherwise specified. Rides that do not start at Starbucks are marked by an asterisk (*). Rides starting elsewhere will be noted in the ride description. The ride leader is responsible for coordinating transportation to the starting point, if necessary Rain is bad, and will cancel any ride unless otherwise noted in the ride description. If in doubt, contact the ride leader. Announced ride time is the time at which the ride starts. Come early to prep your bike, sign in and get maps or pre-ride instructions. Ride Classification
All rides are classified by difficulty level based on the terrain and pace of the ride. Pace is based on level ground with no wind.

Sample Classification: "T3/P4/35mi" = "Terrain level 3, Pace level 4, distance of ride: 35 miles." Terrain (designated as "T1" "T6"):

T1 Flat (Davis to Winters, Esparto, Woodland, Sacramento)
T2 Rolling (Lake Solano, Pleasants Valley)
T3 Moderate Climbs (Gibson Canyon, Steiger Canyon)
T4 Steeper Climbs (Cantelow, Cardiac)
T5 Steep, Sustained Climbs (Mix Canyon, Cobb Mountain)

Pace/Speed (designated as "P1" - "P6")
P1 Leisurely/Relaxed (< 10 mph). For families, children; everyone stays together.
P2 Tourist (9 to 12 mph). Stops as needed; waits for stragglers.
P3 Moderate (12 to 16 mph). Solid riders; regroups every 45 min.
P4 Brisk (16-18 mph). Experienced; no obligation to wait.
P5 Fast (19-21 mph). Strong riders; few stops; no obligation to wait.
P6 Strenuous (21 mph & faster). Very strong riders.

Ride Start Locations All rides start at Starbucks on Lyndell Terrace (East of Sutter Davis Hospital near Highway 113 & Covell), unless otherwise noted in the ride description. Rides that do not start at Starbucks are marked by an asterisk (*). Other common starting locations include:
Davis Park & Ride Start point for most DBC brevets and rides heading east Mace Boulevard & County Road 32A

Veterans Memorial Center Start point for the Davis Double and Foxy's Fall Century 203 E. 14th Street (at B Street)

Davis Wheelworks Start point for most race rides 247 F Street (at 3rd Street)

Steady Eddy's Start point for rides going south toward Vacaville, west toward Napa and beyond East Main Street, Winters


Delta Pedalers

Casual •       Experienced •••         Moderate ••             Hammerhead ••••
(A "+" next to a "•" means that skill level and up)


Diablo Cyclists

Ride Schedule, call the Diablo Cyclist's Hotline at (510) 274-DIAB and leave a voice mail message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Ride Ratings

A=All (Good for Road or Mtn. Bikes), M=Mountain, R=Road

F=Flat, R=Rollers (elev<250 ft), MH=Moderate Hills (elev 250-750ft), H=Hilly (elev >750ft)

R=Relaxed (<12mph), S=Slow (12-15mph), M=Moderate (15-18mph), B=Brisk (>18mph)


Different Spokes San Francisco

Terrain
1. Mostly flat, easy grades, suitable for beginners
2. Few low hills, a challenge for beginners
3. Moderate hills with some challenges
4. Hills, some steep climbs, with some relief
5. Many steep hills and climbs, for strong riders
Pace
A. Leisurely, frequent stops
B. Moderate, occasional stops
C. Brisk, few stops
D. Steady, strenuous, few stops
Helmets are required on all rides.
Lights are required on all evening rides.
Patch kits and pumps are strongly recommended.


Eagle Cycling Club - Napa

Level V = AGGRESSIVE (18-20+ mph). Race Training with pace line and infrequent stop.

Level IV = FAST PACED (15-20 mph). Includes medium to long distance rides and/or slower than Level V.

Level III = MODERATE PACED (15+ mph). Distances usually 20 miles or more. Regrouping, social riding with stops.

Level II = EASY PACED (10-15 mph). Varying speeds and distances of 5 miles or more. Fun and family oriented, stops for refreshments.

Level I / CRUSIER = SLOW PACED FUN RIDE. Get on your dusty old one-speed, funky bike or whatever goes ... usually a parade-like experience! Always a feature stop for a treat somewhere.

Helmets are mandatory. Please remember that all rides are listed for the departure time. That means we should all make an effort to be there before departure to discuss ride details.Rain cancels.


Foothill Cycle Club


Fremont Freewheelers

Please use the chart and guidelines shown below to select a club ride that is appropriate to your riding skill level.

Road Bike

Mountain Bike

Pace

Terrain

Skill Level

L

Leisurely (up to 10 mph)

1

Flat  - Alameda Creek Trail

=

Beginner: Fire roads, gravel trails, not too steep and almost no obstacles

T

Touring
(10 to 13 mph)

2

Slight hills - Mission Blvd: Stevenson to Mission San Jose

<

Intermediate: Singletrack, some small rocks, roots and mud

M

Moderate
(13 to 16 mph)

3

Moderate hills - climbs of up to 500 ft:  E. Warren

u

Advanced: Tight, twisty singletrack, steep downhills, rocks

B

Brisk
(16 to 19 mph)

4

Hilly - at least one of climb of 1000 ft. +:  Palomares Rd.

uu

Expert: Combinations or extreme examples of obstacles

F

Fast
(19+ mph)

5

Steep, very hilly - sustained climbs of 1000 ft. +

All ride participants should adhere to the following guidelines in their ride selection/preparation:

  1. Contact the ride Leader prior to the ride. Discuss the pace/terrain and let them know you are coming.

  2. A multi-speed bicycle is required, unless otherwise specified for the individual ride. The bicycle should be in good working condition: tires inflated, brakes and derailleurs working.

  3. Riders should bring a tire pump, spare tube, patch kit, and know how to use them. Riders should also bring a water bottle, HELMET and lunch or money for snacks. Medical information and emergency phone numbers should be carried at all times with you.

  4. *All riders under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult, unless they have special permission from the ride leader in advance and have a signed Medical Authorization and Consent to Minor Form.

  5. *Riders 16-17 years old may ride unaccompanied by an adult, but must have a signed Medical Authorization and Consent to Minor Form.

  6. The ride leader has the right to refuse a rider to participate on the ride, if the rider's physical condition or the condition of his/her bicycle does not appear suitable for the ride scheduled.

  7. Starting times: All rides leave the starting point 15 minutes after the scheduled time; unless the ride is marked Prompt - then the ride begins at the time listed

* These rules do not apply to USCF licensed riders. In those cases, USCF rules apply.

The combined terrain, pace and distance should be considered in the ride selection. A 4M/35 ride would be a hilly, moderate paced (10-15 mph), 35-mile ride and recommended for strong intermediate riders.


Fresno Cycling


Golden Gate Cyclists

Key for Road Rides

Level:
A=casual
B=Moderate
C=Strong Moderate
D=Strenuous
Pace:
1=10-13mph
2=13-16mph
3=15-18mph
4=18+mph


Grizzly Peak Cyclists

Our ride calendar rates each ride according to pace, terrain, and distance, so that you can pick a ride that meets your needs. We have four riding paces-leisurely ('L'), touring ('T'), moderate ('M'), and brisk ('B'), and five terrain ratings with "1" being flat and "5" very hilly.

Anyone is welcome on the rides; reservations are encouraged to facilitate carpooling, but not required unless stated. Most of our members wear helmets, and we strongly encourage everyone to wear ANSI or SNELL-approved helmets. Persons under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet. (Helmets are required on the Century.)

Many of our local rides start at a BART station to promote the use of public transit. Even if the ride doesn't start at a BART station, it is a handy way home in case of weather changes, mechanical problems, or rider fatigue. 

A 30% chance of rain or showers will probably cancel the ride. If the weather looks doubtful on the morning of the ride, please call the ride leader.


Los Angeles Wheelmen

Helmets required


Marin Cyclists

Terrain Difficulty

Pace

1. Flat

2. Gentle Grades

3. Rolling Hills

4. Mostly rolling hills, some steep climbs

5. Steep hills, long climbs

A. Leisurely (13-15 mph)

B. Moderate (15-18 mph)

C. Brisk to fast (18+ mph)

 

 

 

Example: A ride rated at 3-B-29 is a 29 mile ride over rolling hills at moderate pace.

* Mountain bike rides are not rated with this system.


Mikes Bikes


Moorpark Bike Club

No info


None


Oakland YellowJackets

We REQUIRE that you wear a cycling helmet, carry photo ID and emergency info on all our rides. Non-members must also sign a waiver form available here and at the start of each scheduled ride.

We also highly recommend coming prepared with the following items on our rides: 2 bottles with water and/or energy replacement drink, exercise snacks, pump, spare tubes, tools, patch kit, padded gloves, padded cycling shorts, protective eye wear and sun block.

Questions? Please call our 24-hour hotline at 510.986.9011 or send us email.

Map and directions to Lake Merritt


Ojai Cyclists

No info


Orange County Wheelmen

OCW RIDE RATING

PACE

A - Slow. About 9 to 12 mph average. Leisurely, easy pace, allows riders to visit while riding. Some riding skills required. Waits for slower riders. Regroups occasionally, usually after a hard hill or before a route change.

B - Moderate. Average 12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes but still waits for slower riders.

C - Brisk - Averages 15 to 19 mph on reasonably level terrain. Requires experienced riders. Regroups at roughly every hour or so. Requires occasional pace line riding.

D - Fast. 20 mph or more. Race training, infrequent stops. Mostly pace line. No obligation to wait for other riders.

TERRAIN (Road rides unless otherwise noted)

1 - generally flat - rollies

2 - rollies and small hills

3 - rolling hills - (Santiago Canyon/Laguna Canyon)

4 - moderate to hard hills (San Joaquin, Newport Coast, Vista del Lago)

5 - Very challenging hills are the focus of these rides. (Palomar).


Paradigm Cycles

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Redding Velo

x


Riverside Bicycle Club

See maps for start locations


ROMP

At the start of the listing for each ride is a code that signifies the rides rating. The code breaks down to pace / technical difficulty / mileage / approximate elevation gain.

Pace:

A-very easy pace, frequent regroups, wait for riders.
B-some regroups, wait for riders.
C-a few quick regroups.
D-very fast; few or no regroups.
E-an even faster version of D!

Technical Difficulty is based on the hardest significant portion of the ride. If a ride is 10 miles fire road but 1 mile singletrack, the ride would be rated based on the singletrack.

EASY - Smooth singletrack or fire road. Obstacles such as rocks and roots might exist but are not numerous.

INTermediate - Steep, rutted fire road; singletrack with extended sections that can include medium or large rocks and roots; stream crossings; exposure; long singletrack descents.

DIFFicult - Singletrack with very steep and/or rocky sections; narrow trails; exposed side slopes; downhill-side-sloped sections.

EXTreme - Singletrack with extended steep climbs or descents over rough terrain; many tight switchbacks and turns. Portions may require portage.

So, a code of C/INT/12/1500 works out to be an intermediate pace, intermediate technical difficulty, roughly 12 miles of riding and 1500' of climbing.Rides will be canceled by rain at the time or within the 48-hour period prior to the ride. Other severe weather may also cancel rides. Call to confirm with the ride leader if you are unsure.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ROMP RIDES. Please be prepared for the ride (make sure your bike is in working order, bring appropriate tools, food, water, clothing, etc.). All riders will need to sign a waiver before every ride. Minors need a parent or guardian with them to sign the release. If you want to see the waiver, we have it online in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

You do not need to be a member of ROMP or any other group to participate in the rides (unless it notes specifically in the ride listing). Nor is there a charge for any ride (once again, unless it lists specifically otherwise), though there may be charges instituted by others (e.g. parking or park entrance fees) and you may want to bring money for food stops. We try to note these other expenses/food stops in the ride listing.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Cathy Ott, ROMP's ride coordinator, at (650)968-2146 or OTT2GO@aol.com.


Sacramento Bike Hikers

Ride Grading Code

Three factors make up the ease or difficulty of a ride - not counting such chance factors as traffic, road conditions, and weather. These factors are important considerations for riders when selecting rides in which to participate. No rider will knowingly be left behind alone. However, riders should NOT sign up for rides beyond their ability. "Biting off more than you can chew" can result in discouragement, sore muscles, and invites accidents.

Terrain Elevation Represented by an alpha letter.

A - Steep - Mostly steep grades: strong riders only.
B - Steep/Moderate - Some relief from steep grades.
C - Moderate - Hilly; a challenge for the average rider.
D - Moderate/Easy - Rolling hills, a challenge for beginners.
E - Easy - Some gentle grades, but no problems.
F - Flat - If any route is really flat.

Distance Represented by the actual number of miles.

Pace Will range in `miles per hour' between about 10 mph on easy short distance rides, to 20+ mph on hard long distance rides. Generally, the pace increases as the difficulty (steepness and distance) of the ride increases  Riders tend to increase their pace as they gain experience, fitness, and are challenged by difficulty. Beginners and novices are strongly advised to select easy and short distance rides to start with, and progress up the grading scale with experience and capability.

"NO SWEEP" RIDES

The "No Sweep" rides, designated by the symbol above, tell potential riders that they need to be self-sufficient. No one will be following behind to look out for them should they need assistance. It tells them that they shouldn't consider this ride unless they would probably do it on their own or with a friend. Basically it's a ride for experienced riders.

However, ride leaders are encouraged to arrange regroup points on the route to allow riders to stay together. Riders on "No Sweep" rides are encouraged to ride together and check with stopped riders to see if they need assistance. Ride leaders will still check to make sure everyone returns safely.


Sacramento Wheelmen

Ratings are miles / climbing / pace


Santa Rosa Cycling Club

DIFFICULTY CLASSIFICATIONS
The following system is used in our ride schedule so that riders can estimate the relative difficulty of each ride.

1.TERRAIN MOSTLY FLAT (River Road, Dry Creek)
2.ROLLING, EASY GRADES (Westside)
3.MODERATE GRADES (Graton Road)
4.HILLY, A FEW STEEP CLIMBS (Coleman Valley Rd, Franz Valley Rd) 
5.VERY HILLY, LOTS OF LONG CLIMBS (Trinity, The Geysers, Skaggs Springs)

TEMPO
Actual speed may vary, depending on terrain, distance,weather, and group dynamics. Tempo listing is only a ballpark estimate.

A: relaxed pace; frequent regroups; waits for all riders. Over 26 minutes*
B: touring pace; regroups every 30-45 minutes;waits for all riders. 23-26 minutes*
C: brisk pace;pacelines likely;regroups every 30-60 minutes. 19-22 minutes*
D: aggressive pace; pacelines likely; slower riders may miss regroups. Under 19 minutes* 
* NOTE Times are for official SRCC "speed trap"; 4.4 mostly uphill miles on Graton Road from Ross Road in Graton to summit at Tanuda/Facendini junction. If you want to know where you fit in on club rides, time yourself on this section (at your normal riding tempo) and compare your time to the list above

DISTANCE CLASSIFICATIONS
The last figure in the formula, stated in approximate miles. (If in doubt, leader should overestimate mileage slightly.)


PLEASE RSVP WITH THE RIDE LEADERS!
Ride leaders should provide maps and/or route instructions. Riders should carry I.D., cash, flat repair kit, water bottle(s), and have their own map in case they get lost.

HELMETS ARE MANDATORY ON ALL CLUB RIDES!
Non-members are welcome on club rides! If the course seems too long or difficult, the ride leader can generally suggest an alternate starting place or bail-out route. 

RAIN CANCELS ALL RIDES, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. 


Shasta Wheelmen

A: Steep..lots of climbing for strong riders.

B: Steep/Moderate…Plenty of climbing with relief between climbs.

C: Moderate/Hilly…Challenging for average riders.

D: Moderate/Easy…Rolling hills, challenging for beginners.

E: Easy..Maybe a few gentle or short hills.

PACE - Flexible; if RAIN, call Ride Leader for details.

HELMETS REQUIRED ON RIDES


Sierra Foothills Cycling Club

Terrain
Rolling Gentle grades Hilly Short steep grades and long moderate hills Severe Very steep grades and climbs throughout much of ride

Pace
Casual Suitable for beginners and families. Frequent regroups. Ride leaders wait for less experienced riders
Moderate Riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace. Infrequent regroups. Designated rest stops.
Training Brisk rides with few or no stops for regrouping. Ride leaders do not sweep
Off Road Rides with substantial off road riding. Unsuitable for road bikes


Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers

At the start of the listing for each ride is a code that signifies the rides rating. The code breaks down to pace / technical difficulty / mileage / approximate elevation gain.

Pace:

A-very easy pace, frequent regroups, wait for riders.
B-some regroups, wait for riders.
C-a few quick regroups.
D-very fast; few or no regroups.
E-an even faster version of D!

Technical Difficulty is based on the hardest significant portion of the ride. If a ride is 10 miles fire road but 1 mile singletrack, the ride would be rated based on the singletrack.

EASY - Smooth singletrack or fire road. Obstacles such as rocks and roots might exist but are not numerous.

INTermediate - Steep, rutted fire road; singletrack with extended sections that can include medium or large rocks and roots; stream crossings; exposure; long singletrack descents.

DIFFicult - Singletrack with very steep and/or rocky sections; narrow trails; exposed side slopes; downhill-side-sloped sections.

EXTreme - Singletrack with extended steep climbs or descents over rough terrain; many tight switchbacks and turns. Portions may require portage.

So, a code of C/INT/12/1500 works out to be an intermediate pace, intermediate technical difficulty, roughly 12 miles of riding and 1500' of climbing.Rides will be canceled by rain at the time or within the 48-hour period prior to the ride. Other severe weather may also cancel rides. Call to confirm with the ride leader if you are unsure.

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ROMP RIDES. Please be prepared for the ride (make sure your bike is in working order, bring appropriate tools, food, water, clothing, etc.). All riders will need to sign a waiver before every ride. Minors need a parent or guardian with them to sign the release. If you want to see the waiver, we have it online in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

You do not need to be a member of ROMP or any other group to participate in the rides (unless it notes specifically in the ride listing). Nor is there a charge for any ride (once again, unless it lists specifically otherwise), though there may be charges instituted by others (e.g. parking or park entrance fees) and you may want to bring money for food stops. We try to note these other expenses/food stops in the ride listing.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Cathy Ott, ROMP's ride coordinator, at (650)968-2146 or OTT2GO@aol.com.


Stockton Bike Club

Terrain: F=flat, R=rolling, H=Hilly, VH=very hilly, M=mountain, MTB=mountain bike


Studio Velo Kovarus Cycling Club

It can be difficult to predict how difficult a ride will be, personal experiece, fitness, weather, distance and simply how you feel on a particular day can effect the ride, but below we will attempt to rate the rides so there will be some expectation of what to expect.

1. rides will be shorter 1 to 1.5 hours, relitivly flat, and geared toward beginners and social riding, these are also great active recovery rides for more experieced riders.

2. may be a little longer and or have some hills, after all this area is hilly, the pace will be relaxed and no gets left behind.

3. this will be a variable pace ride, the group may not stay together the entire time, but will regroup at the top of all climbs and be encouraged to stay together as much as possible. A freindly ride for sure, regaurdless of duration or terrain.

4. a longer ride 2 hours or more and a quick pace, rolling regroups will be encouraged but but may not always happen.

5. on these rides you should be self sufficient, terrian will be difficult, techincal and the pace will be dictated by the fitter riders. The expectation is that you can find your own way home if you get dropped, most of these rides will have rolling regroups but not required.


Tam Valley Bike Club


Team LUNA Chix

Start time: All rides leave at 10 minutes past the posted meet time. Please be on time. You are welcome to catch up to us after we leave the starting point.

What to bring:
- cycling helmet (required), bike (in safe working condition)
- water/sports drink, sports gels/energy bars (we'll provide LUNA samples)
- cash, ID card, emergency contact info, health insurance info
- bike tools, tire levers, spare tubes, pump, and patch kit

Participant Waiver: As standard with most clubs, all ride participants will be asked to sign a waiver of liability to participate in LUNA group rides. If you are under the age of 18, you will need a parent or guardian to escort you to the ride start and sign the ride waiver for you.

Cancellation Policy: Listed rides are subject to change. Please check this calendar for updates. Heavy rain will cancel a ride. Please sign up for our email list to be notified of cancellation two hours prior to the scheduled start time.

All Bay Area Road Cycling Team LUNA Chix rides & events are for girls & women only unless otherwise noted.

Rating System: miles/pace/terrain
pace: E = easy (<12 mph), M = moderate (12-15mph), F = fast (>18+mph)
terrain: F = flat, MH = Moderate Hills, H = Hilly
30/E/F = 30 miles, easy pace, flat terrain


Valley Spokesmen

All rides graded according to predicted difficulty as follows:

1) Generally flat with a few easy grades, suitable for beginners and casual riders.
2) Mostly easy grades with a few rolling hills, a challenge for beginners.
3) Moderate grades, some challenge for the average rider.
4) Steep grades with some relief.
5) Mostly steep grades, for strong riders.

Pace is:

FFR (Family Fun Ride) This is a very slow ride designed for ALL bikes and "little people"
P) This is a guaranteed leisurely ride for those who like to 'putter' along on their bikes.
L) Leisurely, many rest stops.
M) Moderate, occasional rest stops.
B) Brisk, few stops.
S) Steady, strenuous, rapid pace.
ND) No Drop - this means that the group will not lose any rider. Most rides are No Drop, but it's at the leader's discretion.

The meaning of the pace ratings are approximately: P=8-10 mph; L=8-13 mph; M=11-16 mph, or may be further broken down to be: L/M=11-13 mph and M/B=14-16 mph; B=14-19 mph; S=17 mph-plus.

For example: A ride rated as 3-M, 25 miles, should have some moderate grades which may challenge the average rider, have a pace of 11-16 MPH, and be about 25 miles long.

Out of consideration to the other riders, if you are uncertain about your ability to complete a particular ride, please check with the ride leader to determine whether you should ride on a particular ride.

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE RATINGS

All rides graded according to predicted difficulty as follows:

1) EASY: Mostly flat with few hills.
2) EASY/MODERATE: Increasing hills but mostly flat; of short distance.
3) MODERATE: Generally hilly terrain with some rough terrain & occasional obstacles.
4) STRENUOUS: Long, Steep ascent and descents & very rough terrain.
5) MOST STRENUOUS (GONZO): Better have a few espressos before saddling up - ridiculously long, steep climbs & drops; lots of obstacles.

For example: a ride rated 3, 15 miles, should consist of generally hilly terratain with some rough terrain, and be about 15 miles long.

Out of consideration to the other riders, if you are uncertain about your ability to complete a particular ride, please check with the ride leader to determine whether you should ride on a particular ride.

Always bring adequate water and food


Velo Club Miwok

The following grading system is used to estimate the degree of difficulty of each ride.

TERRAIN
1.-Flat
2.-Rolling, easy grades
3.-Moderate grades
4.-Hilly, few steep climbs
5.-Very hilly, considerable climbing, grunting.

PACE
L-Leisurely (10 mph)
M-Moderate (10-15 mph)
B-Brisk (>15 mph)

DISTANCE In miles

For example: A 4-M-35 would be a 35 mile hilly ride at a moderate 10-15 mph pace.


Velo Girls - Bay Area

Important Notes: Heavy rain cancels all scheduled rides. Cancellation notice will be emailed to all riders who've RSVPd and to the VeloGirls eGroup list two hours prior to the scheduled start time.

What to bring:


Vino Velo

Our ride calendar rates each ride according to pace, terrain, and distance, so that you can pick a ride that meets your needs. We have four riding paces-leisurely ('L'), touring ('T'), moderate ('M'), and brisk ('B'), and five terrain ratings with "1" being flat and "5" very hilly.

Anyone is welcome on the rides; reservations are encouraged to facilitate carpooling, but not required unless stated. Most of our members wear helmets, and we strongly encourage everyone to wear ANSI or SNELL-approved helmets. Persons under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet. (Helmets are required on the Century.)

Many of our local rides start at a BART station to promote the use of public transit. Even if the ride doesn't start at a BART station, it is a handy way home in case of weather changes, mechanical problems, or rider fatigue. 

A 30% chance of rain or showers will probably cancel the ride. If the weather looks doubtful on the morning of the ride, please call the ride leader.


Western Wheelers

New rating system effective January 1, 2010 The format of the ratings is:

Pace / Hilliness (total climbing if known) / Distance

Pace (a-f): Indicates the average speed while riding, with A being the slowest and F being the fastest. Non-riding time is not counted, so rides with long stops may have the same average speed as rides with short stops.

See - http://www.westernwheelers.org/main/schedules/ride_info.htm


Windsor Bicycle Club

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