MTB Skill Level & Fitness Assessment

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SKILL RATINGS 

Level 1

  • I am new to mountain biking and have only ridden on dirt a few times or not at all.

  • I am excited to be introduced to the sport!

Level 2

  • I can handle riding on smooth trails but hesitate or walk my bike when there are small rocks, logs, roots, curbs or when it gets steep or exposed.

Level 3

  • I am comfortable riding varying and somewhat technical, single-track terrain.

  • I will ride over small rocks, roots, and logs but don’t always know what I did to get through.

  • I have fairly good control of my bike while climbing and descending.

Level 4

  • I am confident riding varying terrain and over small to large rocks, roots, logs and am fairly comfortable in switchbacks.

  • I have good control of my bike while climbing and descending.

  • I am comfortable standing to climb and descend and I can handle my bike at speed and in somewhat steep terrain.

  • I ride advanced trails with medium/large obstacles and maybe small jumps and drops.

  • I’m looking to refine my skills for better flow and control.

Level 5

  • I’m an advanced technical rider.

  • I can ride black diamond trails.

  • I catch air over table-top jumps, will go off drops and I ride most rock/root gardens.

  • I want to refine my skills, go bigger, find more flow, maybe talk race lines and possibly learn to teach one day

FITNESS RATINGS

FITNESS LEVEL 1

  • I am a couch potato.

  • I cannot ride for more than half an hour on flat terrain at a time, and the thought of climbing on a bike is daunting.

  • I exercise less than 1 hour per week.

FITNESS LEVEL 2

  • I live a fairly sedentary life with little physical activity other than walking.

  • I can handle a 1 hour bike ride on flat terrain at a relaxed pace.

  • Riding for multiple days in a row is not possible.

  • Small, short hills are challenging to climb, but are sometimes manageable.

  • I exercise on average 1 hour per week (including riding a mountain bike). 

FITNESS LEVEL 3

  • I am capable of 2 hours of pedal time in a day at a relaxed pace, as long as there are several breaks.

  • Riding for multiple days in a row sounds daunting, but I can handle 2 or 3 days of it at no more than 2 hours of pedal time per day.

  • I can handle one or two easy climbs of up to 350 vertical feet total.

  • I exercise on average 2 hours per week (including riding a mountain bike). 

FITNESS LEVEL 4

  • I am capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 2-3 hours of pedal time each day.

  • I could handle a day requiring up to 4 hours of pedal time. 

  • I am confident climbing up to a total of 1000 vertical feet in a day.

  • I exercise on average 4 hours per week.

  • My exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

FITNESS LEVEL 5

  • I am capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day.

  • I could handle a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time. 

  • I can handle moderate climbs up to 2500’ total in a day.

  • I exercise on average 6 hours per week.

  • My exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.