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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. Stops every 30+ miles.
A Average speed 17 - 18.9 mph - 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. 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. 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

  • HILLY - Numerous long and steep climbs.
  • MODERATELY HILLY - Numerous climbs with no killer hills.
  • ROLLING - Some small hills, farmlands ups and downs.
  • FLAT - Minimal gear shifting requires


  • 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.

2016 Rides Committee

By Keith L Schlanger, Rides Capt. - updated 3/16/18

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        -                                                                                             
MTB Lieutenant   - Henry Gozdz                   [email protected]
Incentives Chair    - Debbie Ungerleider     [email protected]