Our rides are designed as group rides. The maximum number of riders per tour ranges from 5 to 10 depending on the tour and terrain. We ask that our riders understand that our adventures are group rides, not a race or private guided experience. Therefore, it is important that riders are matched with adventures appropriate for their experience, skill level, fitness level, and interests. In any group of riders, there will always be the fittest or most skilled rider and the opposite of course within a group. Please read the following skills and fitness guidelines below and ensure that the tour you are interested in matches your skill and fitness level. If you are traveling in a group with a range of abilities consider booking a private tour.  Every tour has a minimum skill and fitness level requirement which can be found on the tour description page. If you have questions about which trip is best suited for you and your group please contact us.

Skill Ratings: Mountain Biking  - -  Skill Rating: Pavement  - -  Fitness Level

SKILLS RATINGS: MOUNTAIN BIKING

1 - NEWBIE

I can ride a bike, use hand breaks and shift, but I have never ridden a mountain bike before.

2 - BEGINNER

I have limited experience and I mountain bike 1 -2 times a year. I am a beginner when it comes to skill, technique and ability. I bike on flat hard packed / dirt trails.

3 - NOVICE

I mountain bike a few times a year. I prefer wide dirt trails (atv trails or doubletrack).  I don't yet have the skills and confidence to ride terrain with roots, rocks, tight corners, tight trees Singletrack - what is singletrack?

4 - STRONG NOVICE

I mountain bike a few times a month. I enjoy smooth mellow singletrack. Trees often feel tight, climbs come too quick to shift and I have to walk sometimes, and the obstacles have me a bit surprised.

5 - INTERMEDIATE

I ride a few times a month.  I am comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand. I am comfortable and confident rolling over small obstacles (a couple inches high) like roots, rocks and small rollable drops (a couple inches high). I do not take my wheels off the ground.

I am confident and successful executing the following bike handling skills on a variety of singletrack:


Shifting - I anticipate the terrain and shift gears accordingly.
Descending - I am comfortable and balanced standing up off of my seat and can maintain level pedals for the entire descent.
Speed Control and Braking - I use momentum to climb rolling terrain and am comfortable using both my front and back brakes when required.

6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

I ride 2-3 times a week. I am comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on more challenging terrain. I am comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

I am confident and successful executing the following bike handling skills on a variety of singletrack:

Shifting - I anticipate hills by shifting gears often and smoothly.
Climbing - I shift my bodyweight forward in efforts to keep traction on my front wheel. Climbing is typically successful, unless technical roots, rocks or corners have me walking a short section.
Descending - I am comfortable and balanced standing up off of my seat and can maintain level pedals for the entire descent. I am comfortable with speed and letting go of my brakes as long as I can see the exit or end of the descent.
Speed Control and Braking - I use momentum to climb rolling terrain and am comfortable using both my front and back brakes when required.
Cornering - I understand effective cornering techniques although still need to work on my timing and coordination.

 

7 - ADVANCED

I am comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and am comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.I can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. I am comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches).

I am confident and successful executing the following bike handling skills on a variety of singletrack:

Shifting - I anticipate hills by shifting gears often and smoothly.
Climbing - I shift my bodyweight forward in efforts to keep traction on my front wheel. Climbing that involves technical roots, rocks and switchbacks are typically no issue for me.
Descending - I use the brakes sparingly, and are open to taking some air off little rocks and roots .
Speed Control and Braking - I use momentum to climb rolling terrain and am comfortable using both my front and back brakes independently of each other when required.
Cornering - My timing and coordination on all types of berms is solid. I am comfortable leaning my bike through the corner and exit with acceleration.

8 - EXPERT

I am comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking. You rarely, if ever, walk. I often hop over obstacles such as roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over.  Small drops are no issue for me and I am comfortable with having both wheels leave the ground.  I am comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.
I  am confident and successful executing the following bike handling skills on a variety of singletrack:

Shifting - I anticipate hills by shifting gears often and smoothly.
Climbing - I shift your bodyweight forward in efforts to keep traction on my front wheel. Climbing technical roots, rocks and switchbacks are no issue for me.
Descending - I use the brakes sparingly and air off of every rock, root and drop I can find.
Speed Control and Braking - I use momentum to climb rolling terrain and am comfortable using both my front and back brakes independently of each other when required.
Cornering - My timing and coordination on all types of berms, switchbacks and corners is solid. I am comfortable leaning my bike through fast corners and exit with acceleration.

 


SKILL RATING: PAVEMENT

1 - BEGINNER

It has been a few years but I know how to ride a bike. I know how to use hand breaks but do not know how to shift gears.

2 - NOVICE

I know how to ride a bike and use hand breaks. I understand my bike has gears but I am not comfortable shifting. I leave my bike in the same gear. I ride a bike 1 or 2 times a year.

3 - ADVANCED NOVICE

I bike a multiple times a year and am comfortable with hand breaks. I know how to shift but have a hard time knowing when to shift.

4 - INTERMEDIATE

I bike 1 - 2 times a month and am comfortable on a bike. I know how to shift and most of the time can anticipate when to shift.

5 - ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE

I bike a 1 -2 times a week. I have used, or do use, clip in pedals and enjoy getting some speed on my bike. I anticipate hills and know when to shift.

6 - ADVANCED

I have my own road bike with clip in pedals and regularly bike multiple times a week. 


FITNESS LEVELS

1 - NON-AEROBIC

I exercise less than 1 hour a week. The thought of going uphill on a bike is very daunting. I want the easiest, most mellow ride possible on flat, easy terrain!

 2 - VERY LOW INTENSITY

I live a fairly sedentary life, with very little activity outside of walking. I can handle a 1 hour bike ride on flat terrain at a relaxed pace. Small, short hills are a challenge, but manageable. I exercise about 1 hour per week.

3 - LOW INTENSITY

I exercise about 2 hours per week. I can ride a bike for 1-2 hours at a relaxed pace, with breaks. I can handle 1 or 2 easy hill climbs of up to 300 feet or so.

4 - LOW-MEDIUM INTENSITY

I try to get regular exercise, up to 2-3 hours a week. I can ride a bike for 2-3 hours at a relaxed to moderate pace, with a few short breaks. I can climb up to 600 feet or so in a day.

5 - MEDIUM INTENSITY

I get regular exercise, up to 4-5 hours a week, including riding a bike. I can go on a 4 hour bike ride at a moderate pace with some short breaks. I'm confident climbing up to 1,000 feet in a day.

6 - MEDIUM/HIGH INTENSITY

I'm really getting into cycling and can ride up to 5 hours at a moderate pace with short breaks. I can climb 1,500 to 2,000 feet in a day. I regularly exercise 5 times a week.

 7 - HIGH INTENSITY

I consider myself a pretty fit athlete and I exercise on average 7-8 hours per week. I can ride 5-6 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks. I can handle a ride with 3,000 feet of climbing.

 8 - VERY HIGH INTENSITY

I consider myself a strong endurance athlete and I get a very regular, intense exercise for up to 10 hours a week. I can ride up to 7 hours a day at a fast, steady pace. Long climbs, up to 4,000 feet, are not a problem for me.

 9 - PROFESSIONAL

I am a professional athlete or cyclist and ride for long days on end.