Ride Rating System

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Guests are welcome on club rides, unless the description of the ride says that it’s for members only. If you go on a few rides and find them enjoyable, then you are encouraged to join the club. . Call the ride leader for more information and make yourself known when you check in. Guests must sign the release on the “Guest Rider Sign-Up” side of the sign-up sheet at the start of each ride.

Rating system effective January 1, 2010; revised January 1, 2011

The format of the ratings is:

PACE / HILLINESS (total climbing if known) / DISTANCE

PACE (A-E): Indicates the average speed while riding, with A being the slowest and E being the fastest. Non-riding time is not counted, so rides with long stops may have the same average speed as rides with short stops.

HILLINESS (0-5): Rates the terrain based on the average feet climbed per mile for the entire ride. The formula is HillinessRating = (TotalFeetClimbed / TotalMiles) / 25, which yields:

Rating Average Climb
0 0
1 25
2 50
3 75
4 100
5 125
The longer and steeper and more frequent the hills, the higher the hilliness rating and the slower the average speed. However, a low hilliness rating does not guarantee that a ride contains no long or steep hills because the rating could be diluted by flats around the hills. If a ride contains an unusually challenging hill for its hilliness rating, an exclamation point (“!”) is appended to the hilliness rating. The ride description will provide more details. It is possible but rare to have a hilliness rating greater than 5.

DISTANCE: Specifies the total mileage for the ride.

AVERAGE SPEEDS: The average speeds (mph) for the different pace and hilliness ratings are:

Hilliness Rating
Rating 0 1 2 3 4 5 OLH Time
A 10 9 8 NA NA NA NA
B 12 11 10 9 8 7 43–54 min.
C 14 13 12 11 10 9 34–43 min.
D 16 15 14 13 12 11 27–34 min.
E 18 17 16 15 14 13 22–27 min.
If the pace rating letter has a “+” or “-” appended to it, the average speed is incremented or decremented by 1 mph.

CHOOSING YOUR RIDE: The speeds in the above table may seem low because you know you can ride faster at times. Remember, however, that the numbers represent the average speed for the entire ride. Don’t attempt rides beyond your ability. If you are taking your first club ride, err on the conservative side. Novice cyclists are welcome on A rides. A, B, and C rides are typically more leisurely and have more regroups than D and E rides, which are brisker-paced rides for more experienced and self-sufficient cyclists.

If you are unsure which group to go with on hilly rides, time yourself up Old La Honda Rd. and compare your time with the time ranges shown in the above table. If your time is within the range for a certain group, you can feel comfortable riding with that group on hilly rides. Note that the OLH time does not refer to your personal best time, but to the time in which you can comfortably climb Old La Honda, and perhaps not just once but repeatedly, because that is the pace the group will be maintaining all day, on multiple climbs.

If you choose to ride with a slower group, you should not expect them to speed up for you, and if you choose to ride with a faster group, you should not expect them to wait for you.

RIDE RATING EXAMPLES: “C+/2/40” indicates a 40-mile ride with about 2000 feet of climbing, ridden at an average speed of 12 (13 as of 1/1/2011) mph. “E/4!(9700’)/100” indicates a 100-mile ride with 9700 feet of climbing, some of it very steep, ridden at an average speed of 13 (14 as of 1/1/2011) mph.

WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS: Rides on pavement may be canceled if rain seems likely during the ride. If in doubt, call the ride leader.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: As needed, please try to bring basic tools, sunglasses and sunscreen, water bottles, food or food money, a first-aid kit, phone change (or cellular phone), “layered” clothing, etc. Bright clothing is recommended.

*HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDES.* Please be prepared for the ride (make sure your bike is in working order, bring appropriate tools, food, water, clothing, etc.). All riders will need to sign a waiver before every ride. Minors need a parent or guardian with them to sign the release.

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Join Us! August 29, 2014 8:53 PM Mindy S.
Group Ride Information July 31, 2012 8:15 PM Anna R.
Contact Us! September 17, 2012 12:34 PM Anna R.
Ride Rating System July 31, 2012 8:14 PM Anna R.
Club Events Calendar July 31, 2012 8:14 PM Anna R.
About Western Wheelers Ride Calendar August 1, 2012 12:09 PM Anna R.

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