Classifications are based on an individual riding at a sustained pace on level ground. Actual speed may change depending upon terrain/weather conditions. Riding skills required are also listed.
Training Pace - may exceed posted speeds with fewer and shorter rest stops.
Social Pace - follows all parameters of that ride level.
AA: Slow. Less than 10 mph. For families with children and for those who would like a slower pace. Re-groups often. Waits for slower riders.
A: Leisurely. 10-12 mph. Stops as needed. Some riding skills required. Waits for slower riders.
B: Moderate. 13-15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Re-groups every 30-45 minutes. Waits for slower riders.
C: Brisk. 16-19 mph. Experienced riders. Social pace. Re-groups every hour. Requires pace line riding. Will wait for slower riders.
D: Fast. 20+ mph. Strong riders. Race pace. Infrequent stops. Requires pace line riding. No obligation to wait.
1: Generally flat = Woodward to Friant: Reedley (0%)
2: Easy grades with a few hills = Piedra (1-3%)
3: Rolling hills = The Circuit; Bass Lake Loop (3-5%)
4: Harder hills = Prather; Humphrey's (5-8%)
5: Hillmania = Wildcat; Sky Harbor; Walker Grade (8-13%)
6: Unbelievable = Tollhouse Grade; Big Creek Rd. (13+%)
When you look on the ride calendar and see in the Rating Column something like B/3/26 Social; that means ride is a B skill level rated ride, with a number 3 rated terrain, 26 miles long, and a social pace.
FCC - P.O. Box 27571, Fresno, CA 93729-7571