Ride Categories

Ride Categories

The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey grades ride pace using the following scale. If you are new to group riding, underestimate your ability until you have more experience riding with the club.

Ride Level Description
A* Average speed 19+ mph – For strong, experienced cyclists. Should be prepared to ride Single and Double Paceline.  Be able to work together with other riders as one cohesive group.  Stops every 30+ miles.
A Average speed 17 – 18.9 mph –  average speed on flats 19.0 – 21.0 mph. On Flat Rides, the average speed can be closer to the average flat range than overall average. For strong/experienced cyclists. Stops every 30+ miles.
B* Average speed 15.0 – 16.9 mph – average speed on flats 17.0 – 19.0 mph. On Flat Rides, the average speed can be closer to the average flat range than overall average.  For Strong cyclists. Stops every 20 – 25 miles
B Average speed 13.0 – 14.9 mph – average speed on flats 15.0 – 17.0 mph. On Flat Rides, the average speed can be closer to the average flat range than overall average. For solid cyclists. Stops every 15 – 20 miles.
C* Average speed 11.0 – 12.9 mph – average speed on flats 13.0 – 15.0 mph. For solid cyclists. Stops every 15 – 20 miles.
C Average speed 9.0 – 10.9 mph – average speed on flats 11.0 – 13.0 mph. For average cyclists. Stops as needed.
D Average speed Under 9.0 mph – average speed on flats 10.0 mph. For new, inexperienced cyclists. Frequent stops.
F Family ride For Families Frequent stops, child friendly.
MTB-B Mountain Bike – Single track with challenging surfaces, rocks, roots, logs and technical terrain. Extended ascents and challenging descents.
MTB-C Mountain Bike – Single and double track trails with uneven surfaces and minimal obstacles. Gradual and moderate climbing and descents.
MTB-D Mountain Bike – Unpaved wide trails and fire roads with obstruction free riding surfaces. Small and gradual changes in elevation.

Terrain Description

To achieve consistencies, we are going to quantify each Terrain Description with a number range (see below chart).  The numbers for the range are based on how many feet you climb per mile.

Now, instead of the Ride Leader determining if the ride is Rolling or Hill by feeling, he or she can easily divide the elevation of the ride by its distance and see where the quotient falls in the chart.  For example, a 50 mile with 2600 feet of elevation gain is going give you a quotient of 52 which according to the chart is Moderately Hilly.  If a 50-mile ride has 1750 feet of elevation gain is going give you a quotient of 35 which is Rolling and so on.

Description   Elev. Gain Quotient
(feet/mile)
Flat 00-25
Rolling 26-45
Moderately Hilly 46-55
Hilly 56-75
Very hilly 76-100
Mountainous 100+

Notes

Helmets are required, and headphones are not allowed.

Phone numbers are in the 201 area code unless otherwise noted.

Rides depart on time. Arrive early enough to get ready to ride.

It is the responsibility of all riders to be equipped with a bicycle in good repair.

Anyone who joins a ride must be able to ride at the minimal pace for its category.

All riders under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and may join only at the discretion of the ride leader.

All riders under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.


Rides Committee

 A Lieutenant Ellen Davis [email protected]
 B* Lieutenant  Brian Hanson-Harding [email protected]
 B Lieutenant  Margaret Fontana [email protected]
 C* Lieutenant  Glenn Barnes [email protected]
 C Lieutenant  Amado Cabaero Jr [email protected]
 D Lieutenant  Jocelyn Concepcion [email protected]
 MTB Lieutenant  Henry Gozdz [email protected]
 Incentives Chair  Debbie Ungerleider [email protected]