Koeles Cycling Club is a Pittsburgh area member-driven group for all cyclists—from novice to competitor—who have a passion for cycling and bike racing, and value its many benefits.
FYI: The name “ko:əles” is a creative phonetic spelling of the word “coalesce.”
The following standard ride classifications are used to help you determine what rides are best suited to you, or what you’re in the mood for.
|Speed Rating||Terrain Rating|
|A 19+MPH | Advanced pace with few stops.||1 Hill mania. Hills, hills and more hills.|
|B 17–19 MPH | Vigorous pace with occasional stops.||2 Some long and/or steep hills.|
|C 15–17 MPH | Steady pace with stops every hour.||3 Mostly rolling with moderate hills.|
|D 12–15 MPH | Moderate pace with frequent stops.||4 Mostly flat to rolling with an occasional hill.|
|E 10–12 MPH | Mild pace focusing on riding as a group.||5 Flat rail-trail with no hills.|
The following format should be used when posting a ride: [Speed Rating]/[Terrain Rating]/[Mileage]. Example: a B/2/55 classification would denote a 55 mile ride at a 17–19 MPH pace with some long and/or steep hills.
- Speed ratings represent average speed for the entire ride. Various factors will affect actual speeds during a ride such as terrain.
- Group rides may be posted with multiple options to suit various riding abilities. A ride leader must be designated to lead each group. Example: B/2/55 and D/2/25
- For rides posted as an A or B speed rating, the ride leader is not obligated to wait for slower riders if the riders know the route — they may do so at their discretion.
- Rides posted as a C-E rating are all “No Drop” where the ride leader must wait for the rest of the group after a reasonable distance and before making any major turns.