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Ride Classifications


Ride classifications are according to distance, with general guidelines for pace. Ride Leader pace of + or - may be used within any classification. For example 13-14 indicates that the leader pace will be between 13 and 14, but not faster than 14.  The plus (+) designation is often used for Show and Go rides.  As an example 13+ for a Show and Go ride indicates that the lowest rider pace may be 13 mph and could be faster depending on the riders present; in all cases Show and Go attendees are encouraged to bring friends to ensure they have someone to ride with.

Fun Rides: Distance less than 20 miles, pace less than 11 mph, group will wait for all cyclists.  Frequent rest stops.  Good pace for beginners and families.  Try a Fun Ride if you're not sure of your abilities.

Short Rides: Distance between 15 and 25 miles, pace less than 14 mph, leader will designate a sweep; no one will be dropped. Good pace and distance for beginners and casual riders.

Intermediate Rides: Distance between 25 and 40 miles, pace greater than 14 mph, good ride choice for intermediate riders who want to ride longer distances and or at faster paces.  Group will likely splinter into smaller groups.

Challenging Rides:  Distance greater than 30 miles, pace greater than 15 mph, Good ride choice for intermediate-advanced riders who want longer distances at a faster pace.  Group will likely splinter into smaller groups.

HC (Hors catégorie):  Distances greater than 20, pace greater than 18, and or rides with very hilly or mountainous terrain.  Good ride choice for advanced riders who want very fast paced and or hilly rides.  Group will likely splinter into smaller groups.

Please follow the above guidelines to help ensure an enjoyable ride for everyone on the ride. Pick a ride within your capability. If unsure what that is, go on a ride in the next lower classification from the one you think you can handle. Do not force the pace on a ride that is too easy for you. 

Arrive 10-15 minutes before the starting time so the ride can leave on time. Make sure your bike is in proper working order BEFORE you arrive; leaders are not expected to be mechanics. Carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump and at least one water bottle. Wearing a helmet on Club rides is required.
Wearing IPods and other listening devices are not permitted on club rides. Obey all applicable traffic laws. Each cyclist assumes his/her own risk. Those who ride ahead of the leader are on their own. Notify the leader if you plan to leave the ride along the way. 

Leaders are expected to follow the advertised pace and should request someone to act as "sweep"; the "sweep" to receive one credit for each ride. Leaders may dismiss from the ride anyone who fails to obey laws or whose actions endanger other riders. Call the leader at least one hour before starting time if you have any questions about the ride, or for a go/no go decision in case of questionable weather or road conditions.


Terrain Classification   Maximum Climbing   Maximum Grade 
    Flat  38 ft. per mile  5.7 %
    Rolling 51 ft. 8.1 %
    Hilly 60 ft. 11.2 %
    Very Hilly 73 ft. 12.7 %
    Mountainous Unlimited Unlimited


Adopt a Highway

The Adopt-a-Highway program was started back in 1992 by Harry Campbell [deceased] as a way for our club to give back to Lancaster County. We are expected to clean up Columbia Ave. from Donnerville Rd. to Rohrerstown Rd. 3 times a year. PA DOT supplies us with gloves, reflective vests & trash bags.

 Ice Cream Lovers Ride

As featured in Bicycling Magazines best ride for PA. On this 40-mile route, you can find killer ice cream at Bird-in-Hand Bakery (12 miles), Lapp Valley Farm (23 miles), and Oregon Dairy (36 miles), where scoops are sized calf, heifer, or cow.

Out of Area Rides

Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (SCU) maintains a great list of out of area rides. You can view that list by clicking here.