Group Ride Levels

General Information On Group Levels: Each of our group rides, open to women 15 and older (for 15-18 year old we do require a guardian to ride with them), will be broken down into multiple ability groups to allow riders to choose the best group for their level. The group rides start at 6 p.m. and typically end around 8 p.m., however this is not all ride time. The ride time will vary depending on the trails chosen and the abilities of the riders in that group. Each trail and venue has its own unique features and levels of difficulty, with some trails being flatter and faster while other trails will be hillier and slower. It is always OK to walk sections that are too difficult for you, as one of our race team members says, "When in doubt, chicken out". A very good lesson to follow for anyone! If you find yourself at the front of the pack of your ride group, try moving up to the next level at the next group ride; it will challenge you more and you may be pleasantly surprised by how well you do. Please feel free to ask the WMBA ride leaders if you are undecided or unclear on which group to ride with for that particular trail and we will help guide you to the appropriate group.


Three Skill Levels:  Green/Blue/Black

 Green and Blue Skill Levels will be separated into 2 groups each week:  “Skill Building” and “Continuous Riding”

Skill Building and Continuous Riding groups may then separate into sub-groups as needed


Green LevelFor those that have never ridden a mountain bike or are not familiar or comfortable withmountain bike handling techniques;Have limited, or no experience on the trails that we normally ride; Have only ridden on pavement or dirt paths/roads. Ride distance will be fairly short; Trails chosen will include a wide variety of terrain but will mostly be consistent with standard Green and possibly Blue trail map ratings.

Skill Building (Inexperienced):  This group will focus on basic mountain bike skills – balance on the bike, techniques needed to navigate small obstacles (roots, rocks) and sand; Climbing and descending techniques; Ride distance will be short, as the focus will be on learning.
Skill Building (More Experienced) : This group is for riders who want to learn more basic mountain bike handling techniques to include “sessioning” over small rocks, roots; techniques for climbing/descending.  Have experience on 1 or more of the trails we ride; Familiar and comfortable with riding small obstacles and uneven or narrower surfaces; Ride distance will be more than the Inexperienced group but the focus will still be on skills development.
Continuous Riding:
  This group is for riders interested in gaining more familiarity with local trails; Ride will be at a conversational pace and will include some stops to recover.  We won’t do any prolonged “sessioning” of obstacles or teaching/coaching of skills.  This is for those who would like to focus on riding but who are not very comfortable or familiar with the trails. Ride distance will be greater then the Skill Building groups.  Riders should have the ability to ride some but maybe not all small obstacles as they occur.

Blue Level: For those interested in more mileage and/or greater technical challenges; More obstacles, drops of 1 ft. or less, narrow trails, limited exposure, steep climbing/descending.  Riders should be able to ride along with confidence, able to get through most, but maybe not all obstacles. Trails chosen will include a variety of terrain but will mostly be consistent with standard Blue trail map ratings, but will most likely also contain some Green and few if any Black rated trails.

Skill Building: This group will focus on skills needed for maneuvering through larger rocks, roots or other obstacles, switchbacks, steep down hills and up hills.
Continuous Riding Group 1 (Slower Pace)
:  This group is similar to the Green level Continuous Riding group; however, with a boost in distance and pace.  Ride will include several short breaks to rest.
Continuous Riding Group 2 (Intermediate Pace):
This group is similar to the above with a boost in distance and pace. Ride will include several short breaks to rest.
Continuous Riding Group 3 (Faster Pace):
  This group is similar to the above, again, with a boost in distance and pace.  Ride will include fewer breaks to rest.

Black Level:  For those advanced riders interested in more difficult terrain, larger obstacles, some exposure, steep climbs and descents, greater distances, and faster pace.  Trails chosen will include a variety of terrain and be mostly consistent with standard Blue and possibly some Black trail map ratings.  Ride will include few breaks to rest.