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Difficulty Levels Explained

As you do your research and decide on which trip to take, you’ll notice a category on our trips page entitled “Difficulty Level”. We have defined five trip difficulty levels that exist on a continuum from ‘very easy’ to ‘very difficult’. We have defined these levels as a quick reference so our riders can determine where they stand on the continuum.

If you do the majority of riding on roads (or asphalt) it is important to note that you should expect a 20-30% decrease in your average speed on a trail surface.

Very easy

  • 25 miles or less a day
  • Little to no elevation gain
  • On pavement or prepared surface
  • Riders of any availability can do this
  • Accessible amenities (frequent services, stops)

Easy

  • 30-40 miles a day
  • Little to no elevation gain
  • On mixed surfaces
  • Accessible amenities (frequent services, stops)

Medium

  • Up to 60 miles a day
  • Little to no elevation gain
  • On mixed surfaces
  • Mixed environment (trail amenities sporadic)

Hard

  • Up to 75 miles a day
  • Little to no elevation gain
  • On mixed surfaces
  • Mixed environment (trail amenities sporadic)

Very hard

  • 75 miles + a day
  • Little to no elevation gain
  • On mixed surfaces
  • Mixed environment (trail amenities sporadic)