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Ride Categories

The CVVC has decided to use the Twin Cities Bike Club as a template for our ride categories.  Our adoption of these categories should ensure consistency in expectations across the region.  The table below, aside from the "D" category, comes from the TCBC site and is being used with TCBC's permission.
We may deviate from these category definitions if appropriate to meet the needs of our diverse range of cyclists.

Categories for Road rides (based on TCBC site)
Ride TypeDescriptionMINIMUM
Average Riding Speed
Riders Must HaveRest StopsRepairsLeader Rides

A

Very Strenous 
- Fast Paced, most difficult terrain, or longer distance.  
About 
18 mph minimum avg. speed – riders may ride faster or slower.  
advanced cycling skills;
spare tube, patch kit, 
pump
At leader's discretionriders fix
their own bikes

anywhere

A/B

Strenuous 
- Swift, more difficult terrain, or long distance
About 
16 mph – riders may ride faster or slower
Intermediate to advanced cycling skills; spare tube, patch kit, pumpAbout every
20-30 miles
riders fix
their own bikes
anywhere

B

Brisk 
- Social, but emphasis is on riding – A good choice for experienced group riders - generally intermediate or greater pace, terrain and distance
About 
14 mph
intermediate to more advanced cycling skills; spare tube, patch kit, pumpAbout every
15-20 miles
leader helpsat the rear of the riders who are riding at a B pace

B/C

Moderate 
- Social emphasis, but for those with riding experience - generally intermediate pace, terrain and distance
About 
12 mph
intermediate cycling skills; spare tube, patch kit, pumpAbout every
10-15 miles
leader helpsat the rear of the riders who are riding at a B/C pace

C

Relaxed 
- Easier, for a more "laid-back" time, perfect for newer riders, slower pace and flatter terrain, shorter distance
About 
10 mph
Entry level to intermediate  cycling skills; spare tube, patch kit, pumpAbout every
10-15 miles
leader helpsat the rear

D/Family

Local, Relaxed
- C pace, social, safety stressed; focus on local bike trails.  Often Family-friendly.
Rides held ~1/month
Up to 10-12 mphEntry level to intermediate cycling skills; spare tube, patch kitAbout every
3-5 miles
leader helpsfront & rear (must have 2 leaders)
    Content in the above table, aside from the "D" category, comes from the TCBC site and is being used with TCBC's permission.

Discussion:  Based on examination of the above table, we anticipate that: A and A/B rides will regroup as needed (at the top of hills, at/after significant intersections), but ride leaders will maintain the specified minimum average speed except when conditions make this unreasonable (length, hills, weather).  B rides will regroup as appropriate, and will be more vigilant about ensuring riders are keeping up or are comfortable branching from the group.  B/C rides will be still more supportive, while C and D rides will be 100% no-drop.  

CVVC will endeavor to offer rides in the categories that reflect our various riders' goals and skills on a regular basis.  We hope that by posting these ride category definitions and conforming to them when on the road, we will make it possible for cyclists to choose the ride category that provides the best match for their own goals and skills.  
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