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Terrain, Length, Pace, Ride Style Definition, Responsibilities of Riders and Ride Leaders

 

TERRAIN


FLAT

No hills, possibly a small climb for a bridge or an overpass
(Average of 0 to 10 feet of climbing per mile)

MINOR

Occasional hills with easy grades
(Average of 10-25 feet of climbing per mile)

MODERATE

Occasional climbs of ½ to 1 mile and/or short steep grades
(An average of 25-45 feet of climbing per mile)

SIGNIFICANT

Extended and/or frequent climbs, or very steep grades
(An average of more than 45 feet of climbing per mile)


Examples:

The RACC 18 has 400 feet of climbing.  400/18 = an average of 22 feet of climbing per mile putting it in the MINOR category.

The RACC 66 has 2950 feet of climbing.  2950/66 = an average of 45 feet of climbing per mile.  On the cusp.  Anyone who has ridden the RACC 66 knows it is a hilly ride.  We're putting it in the SIGNIFICANT category.


LENGTH

Ride distance in miles.


PACE

This is the maximum speed of the ride.  A rider should be able to sustain this speed on flat terrain with no wind.



12

Social

14

Moderate

16

Intermediate

18

Advanced

20

Expert

22

Extreme

23+

Open



RIDE TYPE

No Rider Left Behind
The ride leader will ride the pace of the slowest rider.


Group
Riders stay together at the published pace for the entire ride.

 


Re-Group
Riders go at their own pace, re-grouping at pre-determined locations on the route.


Non-Group
Riders ride at their own pace.


RESPONSIBILITIES

With group riding there are responsibilities for both the rider and the ride leader.


Riders

All riders should read and understand the VBC Safety Policy.  We value the safety of our riders and leaders.  We've taken a lot of time to think it through and describe actions we expect of riders and leaders to keep us all safe.  If riders are unclear on any aspect of the VBC Safety Policy, we encourage them to take responsibility and ask the ride leader to explain the policy.

Riders should also assess their ability to meet the demands of the ride.

  • Can I maintain the ride pace for the entire ride?
  • Can I ride the listed terrain?
  • Is this the right ride for me today?

It is unfair for riders who cannot meet the requirements of a ride to expect the other riders to wait. We encourage riders in doubt to start with an easier ride. 

NOTE: This expectation does not pertain to No Rider Left Behind rides.


Ride Leaders

  • Understand the VBC Safety Policy.
  • Ride at the listed pace.
  • Adhere to the listed ride type.

Ride Realities

There may be more than one group of riders on any VBC ride.  The ride leader will choose and publish a pace for the ride.  The ride leader will always ride at that published pace. 

VBC rides may have riders or groups of riders who go faster or slower than the published pace. This is normal and expected.  It is the choice of those riders.  

However, the support of the ride leader may not be available to those riders who choose to ride at a different pace or are unable to ride at the published pace.  The primary responsibility of the ride leader is to those riders who ride at the published pace, as the ride was designated for a particular skill level of rider.



Ride Safely and Have Fun