Bicycle Touring Club
of North Jersey


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Ride Categories

BTCNJ uses the following to categories the difficulty of scheduled rides.  If you are new to the club, underestimate your ability until you have more experience riding with the club. That is, starting out, pick a ride that you think will be easy.

Keep in mind that the average speed on flat terrain is often higher.

Category 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.
Fa Family ride - For Families. Frequent stops, child friendly.
MB Mountain Bike Hard - Single track with challenging surfaces, rocks, roots, logs, and technical terrain. Extended ascents and challenging descents.
MC Mountain Bike Moderate - Single and double track trails with uneven surfaces and minimal obstacles. Gradual and moderate climbing and descents.
MD Mountain Bike Easy - 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 required.

Notes

  • Helmets are required, and headphones are not allowed.
  • 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.
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