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Our Ride Categories and Speeds

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
obligation to wait for stragglers.

A+ 21 - 22 24 - 25
A 19 - 20 22 - 23
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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
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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.