Ride ‘Levels’ Explained

“C ride”
This is the ride for you if you are completely new to cycling. The pace and the setting will be friendly, and there will often be some experienced riders here to help you out and give you some pointers along the way. You will not be left on your own.

“B ride”
This is a two-up group ride for riders newer to group riding looking to gain more experience in a friendly, social setting. This ride has a “no-drop” policy in effect , aside from dedicated sprint points, after which the ride will regroup. Average speed for this ride is typically 27-30km/h. ┬áThere are also various “learn to race” games played from time to time, such as “hares and hounds” to teach some group riding and racing skills.

“A ride”
This is a two-up group ride for stronger riders looking to get some steady riding in a more social setting. The typical ability level of this ride is cat4 or strong recreational cyclists with group riding experience. This ride will regroup after sprint points and climbs, and has a “no drop” policy in effect. Average speed of these rides is typically 30-34km/h over rolling terrain, and will typically ramp up to around 38-40km/h for run ins to sprint points

“A+ ride”
This is typically a hard paced rolling paceline for those looking for a pure training ride. The ability level of this group is typically cat3, strong cat 4. The paceline will normally try to stay together until the last few km of the ride, and will regroup after intermediate sprints, but there is NO “no drop” policy on these rides. Sometimes there are attacks and chases. You may find yourself off the back and all alone. Average speed of these rides is 34-38km/h over rolling terrain, and will typically ramp up to over 40km/h for run in’s to sprint points.