The Cincinnati Cycle club utilizes a ride rating system for all of its rides. This is to ensure consistency with all club rides. When choosing a ride, please make sure to choose a ride that matches your abilities.
|Rating||Color Code||Speed||No Drop or Drop||Hills||Notes|
|Beginner||Speed of slowest rider (8 - 10 mph)||No Drop||Relatively flat||Route may be altered to match the abilities of the group|
|Social/Casual||10 to 13 mph||No Drop||Limited Hills|
|Intermediate||14 to 17 mph||No Drop||Hilly||
|Advanced||Over 17 mph||No Drop optional||Extremely Hilly|
|Elite||Race Pace||Drop||Extremely Hilly|
A ride is classified by its most challenging single element, whether that be speed or hills. For instance a ride that has a speed of 12 mph on flat roads will be classified as social or casual, while a ride that has a speed of 12 mph but has over 1,500 feet of climbing will be classified as intermediate.
With some rides there will be multiple speed groups. In these cases, the rating associated with the slowest speed group will be highlighted, along with a description of each type of speed group. An example is a ride will have an "A" Group that with an average speed of over 20 and a "B" Group with an advertised speed of of 15 to 18. In this the ride would recieve an Intermediate rating.