Rider Classification
 (Weekday Training)

Class

Distance

Speed / Average

Rest Stops

A

25 + miles

21+ mph average on flat terrain
16 to 18 mph average on rolling/hilly terrain
15 to 16 mph average on very hilly terrain

Every 15 20 miles

B

15 to 25 miles

15 to 21 mph average on flat terrain
13 to 16 mph average on rolling/hilly terrain
12 to 14 mph average on very hilly terrain

Every 10 15 miles

C

10 to 15 miles

12 to 15 mph average on flat terrain
10 to 13 mph average on rolling/hilly terrain
9 to 11 mph average on very hilly terrain

Every 5 10 miles

The purpose of the Rider Classification System is to:

Class-A strives to maintain a high level of fitness, to enhance their ability to accelerate quickly, and to maintain high rates of speed over long distances.  These rides can be very fast, and do not necessarily observe the rest stops.While the riding pace will vary; on some days, there will be times when the pace of the ride will exceed 25 MPH.  The overall average speed for the entire ride will usually fall between 19 and 22 MPH.  Riders who cannot sustain this pace will normally fall off the ride pack; occasionally, several riders will be able to form a second pack.  The group will stop for flat tires and other mechanical problems.  Occasionally, (especially toward the end of the ride) some riders will sprint to be the first to reach start/stop location.  Sprint speeds will sometimes exceed 30 MPH.

Class-B strives to maintain high training speeds over moderate distances and maintain the integrity of the group.  In general, this classification will observe a 21 MPH speed limit on flat terrain.  The average speed of the rides generally will fall between 17 and 19 MPH.  Rest stops and other periodic breaks are planned.In order to maintain the integrity of this classification, riders should avoid riding with the Class-A riders.  Most Class-B riders will have no difficulty riding with Class-A riders during their warm up phase. It may, however, be difficult for Class-B riders to accelerate fast enough or maintain the pace of the faster riders.  You should have some experience participating in group rides, but we will work with you if you do not.  To stay with the ride, you must be capable of staying in a pace line moving at 20 MPH.  If you find that you cannot sustain the pace of the group, you should let another group member know that you are going to drop off.

Class-C strives to maintain moderate training speeds over moderate distances while cultivating cycling skills.  In general, this classification will observe an 18 MPH speed limit on flat terrain.  The average speed of the rides generally will fall between 15 and 17 MPH.  Frequent rest stops and other periodic breaks are planned.

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