Class - Average riding speed (mph)
A+ - 22+
A - 18 to 21
B - 15 to 18
C - 12 to 15
D - 9 to 12
The purpose of the Rider Classification System is to:
• Provide a planned opportunity for cyclists of comparable skill-levels to ride together.
• Assist in managing the size of a large group. This is particularly important when the size of the group exceeds 20 riders or traffic conditions are not favorable.
• Provide additional flexibility in selecting the course, distance, and start time.
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 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 18 and 21 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 may 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. The average speed of the rides generally will fall between 15 and 18 MPH. Rest stops may be 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 to short distances while cultivating cycling skills. The average speed of the rides generally will fall between 12 and 15 MPH. Rest stops are usually planned. In order to maintain the integrity of this classification, riders should avoid riding with the Class-A or B riders. Some Class-C riders will have no difficulty riding with Class-B riders during their warm up phase. It may, however, be difficult for Class-C riders to accelerate fast enough or maintain the pace of Class-B riders.
Class-D maintains lower speeds over shorter distances, primarily for recreational purposes. The average speed of the rides generally will fall between 9 and 12 MPH. Rest stops are frequently planned. In order to maintain the integrity of this classification, riders should avoid riding with the Class-A, B, or C riders. Most Class-D riders bike to enjoy the surrounding scenery and conversation with their fellow riders, having little to no interest in the high speed or competitiveness of Class-A and B riders.