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Key to Ride Classes

This table shows average riding speeds [mph], typical ride distances [miles], and intervals between rest stops [miles].

For example: The CC ride class is highlighted in bold.
  • Hilly CC ride averages 10-12 mph
  • Moderate CC ride averages 12-14 mph
  • Flat CC ride averages 14-16 mph
  • Route length is typically 30-50 miles
  • Rest stop intervals would average around 15-20 miles apart
  • Pacelines (riding in straight lines and drafting) only happens occasionally

Average Riding Speed Route
Rest Stop
Use of
(H)illy (M)oderate (F)lat
D 6-8 8-10 10-12 10-25 5-10 no
C 8-10 10-12 12-14 20-35 10-15 no
CC 10-12 12-14 14-16 30-50 15-20 occasional
B 12-14 14-16 16-18 40-60 20-30 occasional
BB 14-16 16-18 18-20 50-70 25-35 frequent
A 16-18 18-20 20-22 60-80 25-35 common
AA 18-20 20-22 22-24 60-100 30-40 common
R Randonneuring is long-distance (endurance) cycling over scenic and challenging terrain. Randonneur rides often leave early in the morning and require lights, go under most weather conditions, and typically are challenging all-day affairs with distance and speed determined by the participants. This includes the annual Brevet series of qualifying rides between 125 and 625 miles in length.
ATB These are rides for all-terrain or mountain bikes. The individual ride descriptions should be read for specific information regarding terrain (e.g., single-track, double-track, or gravel roads), distance, and equipment requirements (e.g., type of bike or tire width).
T Specialty rides for bikes with two or more cyclists. Tandem ride leaders often choose routes that are particularly well-suited to these types of bicycles, as they typically go much faster on down-hill and flat sections, and slower uphill, than single bikes.
more Ride Schedule

C (MH) * 21-29 * MD * 10:00 AM * Glen Echo Loops * Glen Echo (GLE)

B/BB * MD * 15-25 * 12:30PM * Thursday Noon Training Ride Bethesda * Marriott HQ loading dock

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Linda B. KolkoLinda is the C Ride Coordinator for MD & DC.