Which Ride Category Would I Feel Comfortable Riding In?
Since no one wants to show-up and feel out of their league, the Rockland Bicycling Club (RBC) uses Ride Categories to help cyclists choose a ride. Although RBC rides are classified primarily by speed, the ride descriptions provide additional information and a general idea of the demands of each ride.
Amongst other details, ride descriptions indicate the regrouping frequency and the "drop policy." A ride may be posted as a No-Drop Ride (we'll wait for you if you fall behind, then slow down), or as a Drop Ride (See ya later!). But with hardly a few exceptions, you will find that most RBC rides are posted as no-drop rides.
Of course, speed isn't the only factor to consider during a ride - distance and elevation gain (especially in Rockland County) play large roles. Each ride has a planned pace and a planned elevation gain. More elevation means more work, just as more mileage or more speed means more work. Ride Leaders try and post (and maintain) the advertised pace for the scheduled route.
A 17+ mph Average Speed (AVS)
B+ 16 -17mph AVS
B 14 -16mph AVS
C+ 13 - 14mph AVS
C 11 - 13mph AVS
D 9 - 11mph AVS
All Suitable for anyone
It should be noted that Ride Leaders each have their own style. After several rides with the same Leader, you'll get to know his/her style and what to expect. Try a couple of different Leaders and you'll probably feel an affinity toward one or two.
If you have a question about a ride, you can send an email directly to the Ride Leader during the sign-up process. For general questions, please send an email to: RideCaptain@RocklandBicyclingClub.org
Thanks for riding with the Rockland Bicycling Club. Most importantly, have fun, be safe, and keep the rubber side down!