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CTC Cambridge

Ride grading

In our rides lists we give most of our rides an estimated grade to give an indication of how gentle or demanding they are expect to be.

We also normally give an indication of the expected distance. This varies over the year (shorter in winter, longer in summer). The actual distance will also depend on the group and the weather conditions on the day.

In all cases, please do check the expected distance when you choose a ride because we try to maintain a steady pace for the whole ride. If you are riding with us for the first time, we suggest you try an easier ride first to get a better idea of what these ride gradings mean. But if you find a ride a bit harder than you expected, don't worry, we won't abandon you.

Leisurely

These rides are suitable for anyone who can ride a bike and enjoys gentle exercise. The pace is slower than our moderate rides and the distances are correspondingly shorter. Don't be fooled if the stopping place is very close by - we will probably take an indirect route and there may be some short uphill and downhill sections.

Moderate

This grade applies to the majority of our rides. These rides go at a steady touring pace (averaging around 12 mph) and they are suitable for most regular cyclists as well as offering a more relaxed and social ride for fitter cyclists. You will need to be in good health and reasonably fit, but we do slow down for hills and headwinds.

Moderate plus

This grade applies to some of our weekly rides. These rides are similar to our moderate rides, except they travel at a slightly faster touring pace (averaging around 13 mph instead of 12 mph). They are equally suitable for most regular cyclists but you will need to be a bit fitter to best enjoy these rides. If in doubt, try a moderate ride first to test your comfortable pace.

Challenging

These rides are longer and faster than our moderate rides. You will need to be fitter for these rides, and also have confidence in your ability to manage the extended time and distance and the more sustained pace. We may take shorter stops to allow for more cycling and longer routes between the stops.