GROUP RIDE LEVELS
Each of our group rides is broken down into 4 ability groups: Never-Ever, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced; this allow riders to choose the best group for their skill level. These groups are often divided into continuous and skills groups. In the Continuous group you’ll do more pedaling and less skill work and in the skills group you’ll stop more often and 'session' trail features.
Never-Ever: For those who have very limited or no experience riding on trails. Ride distances will be very short and there will be regular breaks for recovery. Time will be spent going over the basics of how to ride a mountain bike (shifting, breaking, mounting, dismounting, etc.) and riding on green-rated trails.
Beginner: For those those who have limited experience mountain biking or are not comfortable with mountain bike handling techniques. Ride distance will be short and groups will stop often to work on small features and bike handling skills. Trails will include a wide variety of terrain, but will mostly be consistent with green or blue trail map ratings.
Skill Building: This group will focus on basic mountain bike skills: Balance on the bike, techniques needed to navigate small obstacles (roots, rocks, etc.) and sand, and climbing and descending techniques. Ride distance will be very short, as the focus will be on learning.
Continuous Riding: This group is for riders interested in gaining more familiarity with local trails. Ride will be at a conversational pace and will include some stops to recover. No prolonged 'sessioning' of obstacles or teaching/coaching of skills. Ride distance will be greater then the Skill Building groups. Riders should have the ability to ride some, but maybe not all, small obstacles as they occur.
Intermediate: For those interested in more mileage and/or greater technical challenges, obstacles, drops of 1 ft. or less, narrow trails, limited exposure, steeper climbing/descending. Riders should be able to ride with confidence and get through most (maybe not all) obstacles. Trails will include a variety of terrain but will mostly be consistent with standard blue trail map ratings, but will most likely contain some Green and few Black rated trails.
Skill Building: This group will focus on skills needed for maneuvering through larger rocks, roots, or other obstacles, switchbacks, steep down and up hills.
Continuous Riding: This group is similar to the Green level Continuous Riding group, with an increase in distance and pace. Ride will include several short breaks to rest.
Advanced: For those interested in more difficult terrain, larger obstacles, some exposure, steep climbs and descents, greater distances, and faster pace. Trails chosen will include a variety of terrain and be mostly consistent with standard blue and black trail map ratings. Ride will include intermittent breaks to rest.