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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.

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Pace Definitions


Ride Type

Overall Average Speed*





10-12 MPH

No one is dropped. Might ride 14-16 mph on the flat but 4 a 8 mph up the climbs. Frequent Regroups.

<40 miles



12.1-14 MPH

Casual club pace. Usually with coffee stop mid ride. No drop, several regroups at major turns.

40 miles or more.



14.1-16 MPH

Only a few regroups. For experienced riders only who want to ride long, steady distance. Might ride 18- 22 mph on the flats.

50 miles or more.



15.1-17 MPH

For strong riders who want to ride in a fast pace line or tight packs (20-28 mph on the flats) occasional sprints. Must be confident in a group and pace line, no beginners or intermediate riders.

Long Distances and big climbs.



16.1-17+ MPH

Constant pace lines (24-35 mph) brisk climbs, ONLY for experienced, fast, race oriented cyclists. Check with ride leader if this is your first C ride.

Race oriented.

All Levels



Everyone starts at the same location. There may be long, medium and short courses, or everyone will ride one course. Riders disperse on the courses and pace groups form organically. You can start out with faster riders but drop back to a slower pace if you are not keeping up or just want to ride a little slower. The slowest group acts as the sweep with one or two experienced riders riding at the back.

35 - 65+ milles

*at the end of the ride your average speed should fall somewhere between this range. Other factors will affect the overall pace, including but not limited to elevation gain, traffic conditions and wind.

To determine your personal average speed, ride a common club route that has varied terrain, such as this one. Ride at your normal pace and track your ride on a bike computer such as a Garmin or using a phone app like Strava. Be sure to set Garmin or Strava to auto pause so it will stop recording automatically when you are not moving.

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, Tunitas Creek,  Morgan Territory, Mt. Diablo