Pace & Terrain Information: Road Day & Evening

When choosing the pace you want to do, please consider:

  • if you are new to the club it is better to start with a slower pace and your work your way up to faster paces
  • choose the right pace for you on that day and don't pigeon-hole yourself into a single pace classification. Factors impacting your pace include
    • terrain
    • how much you have been riding
    • who you are riding with
    • your conditioning
    • distance - note that you should increase the maximum length of your rides gradually. It is recommended that you do not attempt a ride any longer than 20% more than your longest ride of the season.
  • Pace classifications use average speed, which is the total distance divided by the moving time. This is the average speed reported by most by bicycle computers, although you might have to adjust the options to exclude time while not moving. It is critical to realize that your average speed is significantly less (typically 3/4 or less) than your “cruising” speed on flat terrain.

     

    DAYTIME PACES  (Updated: April 2015)

    Pace

    Minimum Average Speed

     

      Description

    A

    18+ mph

    Hard fast riding, few stops, slower riders will be dropped, frequent pace lines.

    B+

    17 mph

    For very fit cyclists, slower riders will be dropped, leader rides at listed pace, occasional pace lines.

    B

    16 mph

    For fit cyclists, terrain varies, up to 30 miles between rest stops. Leader sweeps no slower than 16 mph.  BUT if there is a concurrent identical (same tour #, same start time) C+ ride, or the ride leader has posted “no sweep” in the ride comments, the leader rides a B pace and does not sweep.

    C+

    14.5 mph

    For accomplished cyclists, terrain varies, up to 30 miles between rest stops, leader sweeps no slower than 14.5 mph. If there is a concurrent identical (same tour #, same start time) C ride, the Ride Leader may choose not to sweep and depend on the C ride to look after slower C+ riders.

    C

    13 mph

    For accomplished cyclists, terrain varies, up to 30 miles between rest stops, leader sweeps no slower than 13 mph.

    D+

    11 mph

    For experienced cyclists who want an easier pace, up to 20 miles between rest stops, leader sweeps no slower than 11 mph.

    D

    9 mph

    Relaxed riding for experienced cyclists, easier terrain, up to 15 miles between rest stops, leader sweeps no slower than 9 mph (typically no longer than 35 miles and on terrain not more difficult than C+).

    CA(Casual)

    Casual

    Relaxed riding, no steep hills, frequent stops, group stays together.

    S (Special)

    varies

    Special ride. Click on 'More' (after login) to read special comments.

    EVENING TRAINING RIDE PACES
    Paces for evening rides have a T prefix to indicate that they are “training” rides. Training means that the rides are typically shorter, do not have rest stops and riders generally ride at a faster average compared to day rides.

    Pace

    Average Speed

     

      Description

    TA

    18+ mph

    Hard fast riding, few stops, slower riders will be dropped, frequent pace lines.

    TB

    16.5+ mph

    For very fit cyclists, slower riders will be dropped, leader rides at listed pace, occasional pace lines

    TC

    15+ mph

    For accomplished cyclists, terrain varies, leader sweeps no slower than 15 mph.

    TD

    13+ mph

    For experienced cyclists, leader sweeps no slower than 13 mph

    TE

    11+ mph

    For any cyclists who can average 11 mph and ride the posted distance without a rest stop, leader sweeps no slower than 11 mph

     

    Ride leaders on A, B+, B, TA and TB rides are not required to sweep, so riders on such rides should either be confident that they can keep up with the pace of the group or be comfortable riding independently.

    Ride Leaders on C+, C, D+, D, TC, TD and TE pace rides are required to sweep. However, riders on those rides must be able to average at least that minimum speed, making only the scheduled rest stops, or they may be dropped.

    TERRAIN RATINGS:

    The terrain rating for a tour is determined by "average climb". That is the total climb, as determined by ridewithgps.com as per the club's map of the tour, divided by the length of the tour. Total climb is the total uphill climb ignoring the downhills. Note that the total climb as reported by ridewithgps.com is almost always lower than the climb reported by bike computers doing a route. That difference is "built into" the classifications below.

  • The ratings are:
  • Rating   Average Climb (ft/mile)
  • A           greater than 75
  • B           50 to 75
  • C+         40 to 50
  • C           25 to 40
  • D           less than 25
  • Two tours with the same terrain classification may have very different terrain profiles. For example one C+ terrain route may be relatively flat with one big climb, while another C+ terrain route may have lots of "rollers" but no big climbs. The best way to determine the type of terrain a route covers is to click the "MAP" link for the ride from the ride schedule and look at the terrain profile at the bottom of the ridewithGPS.com page for that tour.