Ride Gradings Explained

The club offer a number of rides for all abilities both within Sherwood Pines and the local area as well as much further afield.

It's not always easy to know if a ride is suitable for you but we have introduced a basic ride grading system below to help you determine whether the ride is at a level you're comfortable with.  The advertised Ride will also include the distance and pace (see explanations below) of that ride so always factor these in too.

 

As always if you're not sure and still have questions always ask on the Facebook Ride Event or drop us a message.

GREEN 

This ride will suitable for beginners in good health with basic bike skills and will suit most types of bike.  The trails will be relatively flat and wide such as grass fields, fire roads or large trails.

BLUE 

Rides graded blue will require riders in good health with basic off-road bike skills and a basic mountain bike.

The route will have some single-track sections and may include small obstacles such as roots or rocks.  Riders wheels will not leave the ground.

RED 

Red graded rides are aimed at fitter more proficient mountain bikers with good off-road skills and a good mountain bike. 

They will be challenging trails with tight twisting single track, tricky descents, drops and larger rocks with no major climbs or long descents.

As an example the Red Route at Sherwood Pines and off piste sections.

RED PLUS

This grade of ride is similar to a Red but in a hillier location such as Cannock Chase, Dalby etc.

Red Plus graded rides are aimed at fitter more proficient mountain bikers with good off-road skills and a good mountain bike. 

They will be challenging trails with tight twisting single track, tricky descents, drops and larger rocks and will include long climbs and long technical descents.

BLACK

This grade of ride is for the expert mountain biker with a high level of fitness and skill with a quality off road mountain bike.

Expect a greater challenge than any of the lower graded rides. These are open natural trails such as the Peak District an you should expect large rocks, extreme technical trails and unavoidable trail features.

Ride Paces Explained

As well as the Gradings explained above each advertised ride should also list the Pace at which the ride will be conducted at, below are some simple explanations of the 3 main pace levels.  We would always suggest starting at the Social Pace and move on from there.

SOCIAL

This pace is suitable for all riders.  The ride will include a number of stops and no one will be left behind.

IMPROVER/INTERMEDIATE

The next step up from Social pace, a faster paced ride with less stopping and aimed more at those with some experience under their belt.

FAST

As it's name suggest this is the faster paced ride.  Far fewer stops and aimed at the experienced rider.

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