About Rides

When we post rides, we will use the Cascade classification system:


  • Easy: Under 10 mph
  • Leisurely: 10-12 mph
  • Steady: 12-14 mph
  • Moderate: 14-16 mph
  • Brisk: 16-18 mph
  • Strenuous: 18-21 mph
  • Super Strenuous: 22+ mph

The above refers to the range of speeds on level ground without breaks. Downhills may be faster, uphills slower.


These descriptions should be considered in the context of the pace and length of the ride.

  • Mostly flat: trails and/or mostly flat roads with a possible gentle upgrade.
  • Rolling: climbs are short and easy, not too numerous.
  • Some hills: a few short, steep hills, some moderate upgrades and/or longer gentle climbs.
  • Hilly: many true hills but none outrageous.
  • Extremely hilly: steep and long climbs with grades >9% and/or mountain passes.
  • Unlimited: “out of category”; only for those very sure of their ability to climb any grade, any length at the advertised pace.
  • Off road: significant unpaved sections.


Indicates whether or not certain weather conditions cancel the ride

  • Showers cancel
  • Steady rain cancels
  • Ice/snow cancels
  • No rain cancellation… We ride!

(above excerpts © 2002 Cascade Bicycle Club)

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