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Ride Levels and Pace Ratings

When going for a ride we encourage you to select a ride along your cycling and fitness level. If you do not find a ride that is in your level this is the perfect opportunity to start a ride of your own.  Members can "Post a Quick Event" to the calendar using the tool bar on the top right of the calendar.

If you'd like to know more about leading a ride send an email to: rides@marincyclists.com

You'll get a club jersey for leading 4 or more rides in a calendar year and, the leader who leads the most rides gets a special gift at the end of the year.

Pace Definitions

Letter Ride Type Average Speed Description Example
VL Very Leisurely 7-9 MPH A great opportunity for a family ride, minors should be accompanied by an adult. To encourage families to ride with their children. To encourage families to ride with their children.
L Leisurely 8-10 MPH Easy pace, frequent stops to regroup, new-rider friendly. No drop ride. Moderate Grades 
A Relaxed 10-13 MPH Riders will ride at about 10-13 MPH Fewer stops than an L ride, steady pace for experienced riders. Should know how to fix a flat. . NO one is dropped. Frequent Regroups Might ride at 14-16 MPH on the flats.
B Moderate 14-16 MPH Only a few regroups. For experienced riders only who want to ride long, steady distance. NO one is dropped.  Might ride 18- 22 MPH on the flats 40 Miles in Length or more.
C Brisk 16-18 MPH For strong riders who want to ride in a fast pace line or tight packs (20-28MPH on the flats) occasional sprints. Must be confident in a group and pace line, no beginners or intermediate riders. 50 miles or more.
D Fast 18+ MPH Constant pace lines (24-35MPH) brisk climbs, ONLY for experienced, fast, race oriented cyclists. Check with ride leader if this is your first D ride. Long Distances and big climbs.

Terrain Difficulty

Number Terrain Description Example
1 Flat, although it's hard to do in Marin County Tiburon, Mill Valley, SPT Bike paths 
2 Gentle Grades Paradise Drive, China Camp, Bear Valley
3 Rolling Hills Marin Headlands, Fairfax/Lucas Valley-Pt. Reyes Station
4 Mostly rolling hills, some steep climbs Alpine Dam, Mount Tam, Marshall
5 Very Hilly: Long and/or steep climbs Kings Ridge, Coleman Valley