|Class||Ave-MPH [Moving]||Cruise-MPH [Flat Terrain]||Use of AERO BARS is prohibited. You can have them on your bicycle. Just save their use for a time trial or solitary ride.|
|Ax||23/ Up||26+||For EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG cyclists. Must know how to ride safely in a pace line. Few stops. Any terrain. No obligations to wait for stragglers.|
|A+||21 – 22||24 – 25|
|A||19 – 20||22 – 23|
|B+||17 – 18||19 – 20||C+ rides have stops as needed. B and B+ rides may use a pace line. Brisk to vigorous. Hills likely. No obligation to wait for stragglers on
B+ and up. Group will wait for stragglers on B and slower rides.
|B||15 – 16||17 – 18|
|C+||13 – 14||15 – 16|
|C||11 – 12||13 – 14||D rides usually have no major hills. For casual riders with little or no experience. Leisurely to Moderate. Stops as needed. Group will wait and assist with non-major mechanical problems. C and D+ rides may have hills. For riders with moderate experience.|
|D+||9 – 10||11 – 12|
|D||8 – 9||up to 10|
NOTES: *Average speed means average while moving. **Cruising speed is the speed a cyclist should be able to comfortably maintain on flat terrain. We will try to help, but there is no obligation to wait for a cyclist with a major breakdown.
Interpreting the table: Speeds listed are the numbers preceding the decimal in an odometer reading. 20.4 mph average is therefore an average for an A ride and 16.6 is an average for a B ride. The same rules apply for cruising speed which should also be observed by Ride Leaders, regardless of eventual average for a ride.
Rides are road rides unless otherwise noted.
Anybody who can stay upright on two wheels can cope with a “D” pace. That is why we have it.