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.”

Ride Classifications

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.

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