There has been some discussion (and possibly confusion) lately about our ride classifications, as well as the responsibilities of both the ride leaders and the ride participants when on a club ride. First on the subject of ride classifications – we define them as:
- A 18-20 mph
- B+ 16-18
- B 14-16
- C 12-14
- D 10-12
- Casual Up to 10 mph, with no one left behind
These are average paces that you should have at the end of the ride. The range reflects the fact that the final average pace may be impacted by terrain, group makeup, wind or other factors. Please keep in mind that in order to finish with an average pace of (for example) 14 mph, means that at times the rolling pace may be significantly higher or lower than 14 mph …it does not mean that the rolling pace will always be within the designated range. The actual rolling pace at any time will be influenced heavily by the wind and grade.
The ride leaders should:
- Ride at a pace that results in a final average within the classification range.
- Keep track of all the riders and ensure all are OK. This may mean adjusting the pace and/or re-grouping at intersections.
- Consider designating a sweep to ride with the slower rider if needed.
The participants should:
- Clarify with the leader the planned pace and terrain if unsure. They should be comfortable they can maintain the pace, or at least know the roads and be OK with riding alone if necessary.
- Refrain from riding faster than the planned group pace (ahead of the leader) unless it is agreed with the leader and re-group locations are designated.
If you have any questions or comments, please email the Ride Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org