Ride Classifications

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2014 Ride Classifications – MS Word

2014 Ride Classifications -PDF

Ride Classifications – A/B/B-/C/S

A  Very Fast – 19+ MPH (Avg. 19+ MPH flat road speed)

Vigorous riding with excellent bike handling skills. Expect cooperative contribution to group within abilities. No sweep, possible regrouping. Riders are expected to navigate on own if dropped.

B  Fast – 17 -18 MPH (Avg. 17+ MPH flat road speed)

Brisk to vigorous riding with above average bike handling skills. Expect cooperative contribution to group within abilities. No sweep, possible regrouping. Riders are expected to navigate on own if dropped.

B– Moderate  – 15-16 MPH (Avg. 15+ MPH flat road speed) Moderate to brisk riding with good bike handling skills.  Some cooperative pacelining skills required. No sweep, possible regrouping. Riders are expected to be self-sufficient and navigate on own if dropped.

C Intermediate – 10-14 MPH  (Avg.  12 MPH flat road speed)

Moderate riding, sightseeing and destination-oriented.  Regroups often.  A sweep may be appointed.  Riders should be capable of riding at least 30 miles.

S  Slow  – 9-11 MPH  (Avg. 10 MPH flat road speed)

Leisurely riding with more attention to scenery.  Ride is paced to slowest rider. Regroups often. A sweep is always appointed.  Riders should be capable of riding at least 25 miles.

 Rider Tips

Select a ride that is within your ability based on the ride distance and  pace indicated on our monthly Ride Schedule (see page 3). Call the Ride Leader with any questions or concerns. Trying a pace one level lower than where you think you should be is recommended for new members in order to introduce you to our rides.

All A,B and B- riders should be self-sufficient, i.e. carry a pump, tire irons, spare tube, patch kit, tools, money and health insurance card.  They should use a cycling computer and be able to read a cue sheet.

All riders in the club must wear an ANSI, SNELL and/or CPSC approved helmet throughout a ride.  All riders should bring one or two water bottles with them on a ride.

Check the CBTC website for any last minute ride updates

Ride Leader Tips

Before the day of the ride, make sure you have sufficient cue sheets and one or two waiver (sign-in) forms.  The Ride Director can provide these if you can’t access the club’s website.

If you are unfamiliar with the ride, it would be a good idea to ride the course with a cue sheet to be sure that it is accurate and you know the route.  Marking the road with yellow paint at important turns is also a good idea.

If a Rider calls you with questions, make sure that your ride is within his or her ability, based on the ride distance and pace.  Trying a lower distance or pace should be recommended for new members in order to introduce them to our rides. For all riders, if you have not ridden for a month or more​ due to health or other issues, you should consider restarting at a lower level to recondition. Fatigue during fast pace drafting can be a main cause for accidents, possibly involving multiple cyclists.

Ride Leaders should announce the following rules before the start of a ride for safe riding: 

■ Use hand signals to communicate turns, slowing, stopping and road surface hazards

■ Slow and stop at all stop signs and traffic lights

■ Keep a safe distance between you and the rider in front of you

■ Ride no more than two abreast on quiet roads and only where it is safe to do so

■ Ride single file on all busy roads

■ Ride alert with your head up and eyes up the road

The group may stop for mechanical problems (if there is a designated sweep who can assist, when the ride can proceed).  If a rider wishes to leave the route, tell the Ride Leader.

Go over the ride course, pointing out any areas of potential danger