Camp Difficulty and Rider Ability
Here’s a good idea of our camps difficulty level, but don’t let them keep you from challenging yourself!
Riding ability: Our recreation group riders are typically new to cycling or just enjoy riding at a more leisurely pace. Typically this group rider trains 1-3 days a week, rarely structured but still loves to get out and spin the legs.
Rider Skills: Recreation riders tend to be a bit uncomfortable riding in a group but not that comfortable in a casual paceline. They need to slow their pace a bit and spread out in the group over varying terrains, corners, and descents.
Mountain biking: You either haven’t been or haven’t been on the trails before!
Rider needs help in clipping in.
Rider has a hard time cornering
Rider has a hard time reaching for water bottle.
Rider is still not clear on gear ratios, shifting (what is a big ring or the 12 tooth?)
Rider isn’t comfortable standing up while pedaling.
Rider Pace: Group ride speeds tend to average 12-14 mph for women and 15- 17 mph for men.
Participates In: Fun group rides and solo riding that can have some solid speed and pace but that don’t always drive the redline. Recreational riders participate in many events, ranging from mass-start gran fondos to local century rides, and they generally focus on the events.
2.0 w/kg and below
Riding Ability: The blue rider loves to train and ride frequently during the week, but not always at a higher pace. Weekly training hours generally range from 8-10 hours.
Rider Skills: Blue riders tend to be comfortable riding in a group paceline, but tight spaces at a higher pace can make them nervous, and they might need to slow their pace a bit over a varying terrains, corners, and descents.
Mountain biking: You can clip in to your pedals and ride some single track.
Rider can stand up while pedaling but somewhat inefficient.
Rider can accelerate in the drops, but looks a bit “clunky”
Rider has decent nutrition but could use some advice on how to fine tune.
Rider has a hard time clearing logs on a MTB
Rider Pace: Group ride speeds tend to average 15-17 mph for women and 18-20 mph for the men
Participates In: Faster group rides, sometimes pacing but also enjoying sitting in and being part of the group. Blue riders might enjoy mass start events (such as gran fondos and gravel grinders), charity events, and longer tours.
Rider Ability: Our Diamond riders train with a purpose! They regularly work out 4-6 days a week and focus on structured workouts and specific training formats. Weekly training hours range from 10-12+.
Rider Skills: Performance group riders are comfortable riding in a single and double group paceline and in tight spaces at a higher pace, and they can maintain speed and position over a variety of terrain, corners, and descents.
Mountain biking: You feel comfortable in single track and can maneuver around most obstacles.
Rider can stand up and pedal with ease.
Rider can use the drops to sprint and accelerate with little or no problem.
Riders nutrition and training plan are dialed, but they could use some help with this in all areas.
Rider Pace: Group ride speeds tend to average 18-20 mph
Participates In: Fast group rides (always driving the pace) and/or some category racing and competitive events
3+w/kg and above
Rider Ability: These men and women look like they are designed to ride a bike. They look effortless when they pedal! They regularly work out 6-7 days a week and focus on structured workouts and specific training formats. Weekly training hours range from 15+.
Rider Skills: The ability of our double black riders? They can hop logs on the MTB and negotiate a rotating paceline like a dream. They can use all their tools in a group ride to save energy and sprint for a town sign.
Mountain biking: Can pretty much do it all but needs some fine tuning for the 1% to make them awesome “er”!
Rider can pretty much do it all on the road and the mtb. HOWEVER, every strong cyclist can use some help. That’s you Tom Brady and Tiger Woods!
Rider Pace: Group ride speeds tend to average 21+ mph
Participates In: Fast group rides, races bikes more than 5x a year.