Skills for MTB courses and holidays
We use levels A-D:
A No experience of mountain biking or limited experience, mainly on gravel tracks or smooth trails, but can already cycle.
B Can ride with confidence on gravel tracks and trails, over loose stones and some rough ground. May have some experience of man-made singletrack trails and feel happy on blue and red routes (in the UK).
C Can ride over most normal terrain including steep, rough, narrow tracks with tree roots and other small obstacles forming part of the normal ride. Confident on all man-made singletrack trails and will be able to ride most small drops/step-downs or other technical trail features.
D Can ride over any terrain including very rocky, severe descents, 2+ foot high drop-offs and other more challenging trail features.
Fitness for all holidays
We use levels 1 to 4:
1 Basic fitness from exercise once or twice per week. Can ride on flat or gently rolling terrain at a steady pace. Usually have the stamina to spend 2-4 hours out on a ride.
2 Moderate fitness from two or three sessions of exercise each week. Can ride hilly terrain at a steady pace.
3 Good fitness from regular exercise sessions and time spent actively involved in cycling. Can ride full days in any terrain at a steady pace.
4 Excellent fitness from regular training and a significant amount of time spent riding or racing. Can ride in any terrain at a demanding pace.