NMBC Ride Difficulty Levels
These rides are a great way for new riders to enjoy the trails at a nice, easy pace and connect with other beginner riders. These rides are all about keeping it casual and sessioning technical sections with some guidance and direction. The group only goes as fast as the slowest person’s pace so no one is ever left behind.
Fitness level: You can comfortably ride 0 – 5km and enjoy taking frequent breaks.
Trail type: Mostly green trails with some easier blues mixed in.
Begintermediate / Strong Novice
You’re not quite a beginner, but not quite an intermediate. You can comfortably ride all green-rated trails and most blue-rated trails, although some still present a challenge. You enjoy the opportunity to stop and session technical features and are starting to think about line choices. You enjoy the smooth singletrack, but are also comfortable with some rooty and rocky sections. You occasionally find yourself walking up some of the steeper slopes and are still a little extra cautious in tight areas where the trees are closer together.
Fitness level: You can comfortably ride 5-10km but still require breaks, especially after tough climbs.
Trail type: Mostly blue trails.
Intermediate rides typically include a mix of blue and some black trails. When it comes to obstacles, you’re confident and comfortable rolling over most small rock and rooty sections, and aren’t phased by small, rollable drops or the abrupt step-up. You can anticipate the terrain and maintain your balance on the bike through technical sections at a quicker pace.
Fitness level: You can comfortably ride 10-15 km with just a few one-minute stops.
Trail type: A little bit of everything. Some blacks, mostly blues, and the occasional green trail.
Advanced riders should be comfortable riding a variety of singletrack, from to tight switchbacks to larger obstacles and rocky technical sections to steep, slippery climbs. In addition to having refined balance and cadence, you also have the stamina to ride harder, faster, and longer than the other skill levels. You confidently anticipate jumps and drops and pre-load your suspension accordingly.
Fitness level: You can comfortably ride 20+ km with very few stops.