Ride Ratings system

 

Number Terrain Example
1
Flat BayFair to Alameda Ride
2
Some low hills Dublin Grade
3
Moderate grades Redwood Rd: Castro Valley to Oakland
4
Moderate grades, some steep Palomares Rd
5
Very Hilly: Long and/or steep climbs Mt. Diablo

 

Pace Ratings

 

Symbol Ride Type
Average Speed
  Description Example
VL
Very Leisurely
7-9 MPH
  Child-friendly pace with many stops 3/T/45
L
Leisurely
8-10 MPH
  Easy pace, frequent stops, new-rider friendly Moderate Grades
T
Touring
10-13 MPH
  Fewer stops, steady pace for experienced riders 10 to 13 MPH
S
Steady Pace
14-17 MPH
  Few stops, for strong, experienced riders 45 Miles in Length
B
Brisk
18+ MPH
  Very strong riders, pace lines or tight packs  

 

Number
Mountain Bike Ride Rating
1
Hills of short duration, some moderately steep
2
Generally hilly terrain, some short steep climbs & descents
3
Long climbs, some steep climbs & descents                      
4
Long steep climbs, blazing descents: For experienced riders

 

 

This Rating system is designed to help riders decide if a ride fits their level of fitness and riding experience. It also is designed so that ride leaders may evaluate and grade their rides. Ride leaders must be fair in rating their rides and must ride at the pace that they submit.

Riders should not show up for a ride that they are not capable of doing, at the advertised pace. Note:  The average speed for a ride includes time off of the bike at rest stops or for regrouping. So an “L” ride should finish a 30-mile ride in about 3 hours, including stops. All rides are “No Drop” which means we will not leave riders behind, or that we will wait ahead and regroup, for every rider. (Unless a ride is listed as a non “no drop” ride)

A rider may ride faster than the advertised pace but he/she should realize that they will spend more time waiting to re-group. Show up and be ready to ride, at the listed ride time. Rides leave no later than 10 minutes after the listed starting time. Cherry City Cyclist Bike Club realizes the importance of wearing a bike helmet and strongly encourages all riders to wear a helmet.