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Skill And Fitness Rating

Our biking tours 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 biking tours 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.


MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILLS

1 – BEGINNER

I know how to ride a bike, shift gears, and use hand breaks. I can control my speed and direction on the pavement, however, I am new to mountain biking and have never ridden dirt trails or ride off-road once or twice a year.

2 – NOVICE

I have some experience riding dirt trails or off-road terrain and have been mountain biking several times. I can control my bike speed and direction on smooth trails and moderately uneven terrain, but often walk my bike when things get rooty. I am able to anticipate the terrain and know when to shift gears some of the time.

3 – INTERMEDIATE

I have been mountain biking for at least 2 years and ride regularly. I am able to control my speed and direction on moderately steep and technical singletrack trails which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks, and sand. I can roll over small obstacles but I don’t take my wheels off the ground. I can anticipate the terrain and know when to shift gears.

I am confident and successful in 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.

4 – ADVANCED

I am a strong rider who has been mountain biking for 5 or more years. I am comfortable climbing and descending steep, technical and exposed terrain that includes rocks, tree roots, primitive trail, tight switchbacks, short drops, and jumps.

I am confident and successful in 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 body weight 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 are solid. I am comfortable leaning my bike through the corner and exit with acceleration.


FITNESS LEVELS

 1 – Leisurely

I enjoy getting outside and walking or light activity. My main source of exercise is walking or light workouts once or twice a week. I prefer mostly flat or downhill terrain. Short, small hill climbs are doable, but less is ok with me. (Less than 200 feet of climbing)

2 – RECREATIONAL or MEDIUM INTENSITY

Weekend warrior or commute to work or do spin classes in the gym, I enjoy an active lifestyle, working out 2 to 3 times a week with an occasional physical challenge. I enjoy gentle rolling terrain and feel great after reaching the top of a hill climb. (Less than 500 feet of climbing)

3 – ACTIVE

Fitness is central to my life. I ride my bike weekly (spin classes count!) or I work out 4 to 5 times a week physically challenging myself with most workouts. I enjoy hills and like getting some speed. (Less than 1,000 feet of climbing)

 7 – AVID or HIGH INTENSITY

Fitness is my life and everything I do revolves around my workouts and nutrition. I ride my bike an average of 100 miles per week and enjoy a fast pace for an extended time. I love to train, improve, and maybe even race my friends. I enjoy all-terrain! I consider myself a pretty fit athlete and I exercise on average 7-8 hours per week. I love hills!