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Trying to decide which CBC ride is right for you? When you’re reviewing the club’s organized rides, it helps to use a common language. Below is a key to the terms that describe pace, terrain, regrouping, and rain considerations. (Credit to Cascade Bicycle Club for developing these descriptors).


This refers to the range of speeds on level ground without breaks. Descents may be faster, climbs slower.

  • Easy: under 10 mph
  • Leisurely: 10-12 mph
  • Steady: 12-14 mph
  • Moderate: 14-16 mph
  • Brisk: 16-18 mph
  • Strenuous: 18-21 mph
  • Super Strenuous: 22+ mph

For rides where the terrain is described as hilly, consider choosing a pace one step down from your usual comfort level.


These descriptions should be considered in the context of the pace and length of the ride.

  • Mostly flat: trains and/or mostly flat roads with a possible gentle upgrade.
  • Rolling: climbs are short and easy, not too numerous.
  • Some hills: a few short, steep hills, some moderate upgrades and/or longer gentle climbs.
  • Hilly: many true hills but none outrageous
  • Extremely hilly: steep and long climbs with grades approximately 9% and/or mountain passes.
  • Unlimited: “out of category” only for those very sure of their ability to climb any grade, any length of the advertised ride.
  • Off road: significant unpaved sections.


Indicates how often the leader stops to regroup. Generally faster-paced and longer-mileage rides regroup less frequently. “None” and “occasional” regroup categories generally expect experienced rides who can fix their own minor mechanical problems and follow a map or cue sheet if they get separated from the group.

  • Stay-together
  • Frequent
  • Occasional
  • None


Indicates whether or not certain weather conditions cancel the ride.

  • Showers cancel
  • Steady rain cancels
  • Ice/snow cancels
  • No rain cancellation … We ride!


All rides are expected to carry the necessary equipment to fix a flat (tube, patch kit, pump). Ride leaders are not responsible for mechanical problems.