Mountain Biker Ability Chart

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Beginner

Limited time spent riding on paved roads or pathways. Limited time spent riding bikes on man made off-road terrain such as dirt or gravel pathways or dirt roads.

Can pedal while sitting down without putting a foot down.

Can use handbrakes to safely come to a complete stop.

Can stand up with level pedals while coasting

For Kids: Off training wheels for at least one year

Novice

Some time spent riding on gravel or pathways.

Comfortable pedalling sitting down or standing up.

Comfortable standing up while riding a trail.

Comfortable using hand brakes to modulate speed while riding a trail.

Intermediate

Comfortable riding off road terrain at a moderate pace.

Comfortable riding terrain with some roots and rocks on single track terrain without putting a foot down.

Confident climbing gentle terrain with roots and rocks.

Can ride without having to think about braking, gear changes, or balance on the bike.

Strong Intermediate

Confident with riding green and blue single track terrain.

Starting to ride single black single track trails.

Limited experience with jump or drops on a mountain bike.

Confident with balance, braking, cornering, changing gears at higher speeds.

Confident with climbing steeper or more technical trails with roots and rocks.

Advanced

Confident with riding all blue trails with limited time spent riding black single track terrain.

Confident descending steeper and more technical terrain at higher speeds maintaining balance and bike control.

Confident climbing steeper and more technical terrain.

Comfortable with medium to large sized jumps and drops.

Expert

Has spent a significant amount of time riding black trails and working on riding double black and proline rated trails

Confident hitting large jumps and drops

Confident climbing and descending steeper and more technical terrain