Marin Cyclists Club
Connecting cyclists since 1963



Ride Rating System

When going for a ride we encourage you to select a ride along your cycling and fitness level. If you do not find a ride that is in your level this is the perfect opportunity to start a ride of your own. You get a club jersey when leading 4 or more rides.


Pace Definition (VL, L, A through D)

 Letter  Ride Type
Average Speed
 Description Example 
 VL Very Leisurely
 7-9 MPH
  A great opportunity for a Family rides, minors should be accompanied by an adult.  To encourage families to ride with their children.
 To encourage families to ride with their children.
 L Leisurely   8-10 MPH  Easy pace, frequent stops to regroup,
 new-rider friendly. No drop ride.
 Moderate Grades, hard to do in Marin County!
 A Relaxed    10-13 MPH  Riders will ride at about 10-13 MPH  Fewer stops than an L  ride, steady pace for experienced riders. Should know how to fix a flat. Might ride at 14-16 MPH on the flats.  NO one is dropped
 Might ride at 14-16 MPH on the flats.
 B  Moderate 14-16 MPH
  Only a few regroups.  For experienced riders only who want to ride long, stead distance. NO one is dropped  40 Miles in Length or more.
 C  Brisk  16-18 MPH  For strong riders who want to ride in a fast pace  line or tight packs (20-28MPH on the flats) occasional sprints.  Must be confident in a group and pace line, no beginners or intermediate riders. 
50 miles or more.
 D Fast  18+ MPH
Constant pace lines (24-35MPH) brisk climbs, ONLY for experienced, fast, race oriented cyclists. Check with ride leader if this is your first D ride. 
 Tough rides. King Ridge type. 70 miles and over.

Terrain Difficulty (1 - 5)

 Number  Terrain Description
 1  Flat, although it's hard to do in Marin County
 Tiburon - Main Street
 2  Gentle Grades  Paradise Drive, China Camp Highway 1
 3  Rolling Hills  Marin Headlands, Fairfax/Lucas Valley-Pt. Reyes Station
 4  Mostly rolling hills, some steep climbs  Alpine Dam, Mount Tam, Marshall
 5  Very Hilly: Long and/or steep climbs  King's Ridge. Coleman Valley 



Marin Cyclists Club   P.O. Box 2611   San Rafael, CA 94912

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