The skill and fitness level is based on of a starting point of Level 1 where a beginner rider is eager to ride hard and currently building skills and fitness. At level 1, the rider is physically able to complete a 20 mile road ride and or a 10 mile mountain bike ride. If a rider’s skill level is below a level 1, one may want to reconsider booking a trip for safety reasons. EXCEPTIONS: all members of the booking party are below level 1, or a private, one on one guided trip or ride is desired.
Skill and Fitness Level 1
- Willing to push body and limits–just don’t have many experiences on a bike.
- Have ridden at least 10 miles of Mountain biking or 20 Mile road ride.
Skill And Fitness Level 2
- Weekend rider and has some experiences with longer rides.
- Knows how to handle a bike or understands their limits on the mountain and road.
Skill and Fitness Level 3
- Rides most weekends and can fit in some weekday rides or spin classes.
- Extra rides are put in during the week to try and improve fitness level.
- Maybe signed up for some beginner or sport class races or events.
- Skill might outweigh fitness.
- Participates in group rides occasionally.
- Pushes self hard enough to have experienced cramps/bonking.
- Probably has a Strava account by now.
Skill and Fitness Level 4
- Rides both multiple times and locations in a week.
- Plans vacations around their riding and race events.
- Spends time on websites like Strava, Garmin Connect, Map my Ride, and review sites.
- Thinks in grams and wattage.
- Logs 300-600 miles during peak months.
- Bike is worth as much or more than first car ever owned.
- Has multiple bikes and understands why you have more than one bike.
- Spends too much money on bike races and time worrying about results.
- Rides hard and fast for multiple hours.
- Can’t imagine not pushing themselves to their limits almost every time on a bike.
- Adventurous personality type that has gotten themselves in over their heads many times on a bike.
- Good riding skills in groups and can handle most technical terrain on a mountain bike.
- Biking has become a lifestyle.
Skill and Fitness Level 5
- Although you make fun of skill Level 4 people, you’re just like them but really fast.
- Pro level skills and fitness and won’t consider riding a bike without some serious miles or elevation.
- Usually on a training schedule and will have expectations or want some results from every ride.
- Ranked racers or respected rider in your community.
- Level 4 guys want to ride with you and you get pleasure pushing them beyond their limits.
- KOM actually means something to you.
- Vacations are based off of race schedule only.
- Knows and understands their threshold readings and how to improve them.
- Expert and pro level that rarely get to be pushed when on a “vacation ride”.