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You’ve got the gear, you’ve got the skills, you’ve got your passport, and you’re ready to go!

However with the technical nature of mountain biking, trying to assess your own fitness and ability level can be a challenge. We offer these descriptions to help you to assess yourself and to help you choose the perfect adventure. If you have questions about your skill or fitness level for a particular adventure send us a message on our chat channels.

ADVENTURE SKILL AND FITNESS LEVELS EXPLAINED

We want to make sure that every single rider who books a trip is matched with the perfect adventure for them. It’s not an exact science, but to help you discern which adventures are a good fit for you we offer these descriptions to help. On private adventures we are more flexible to workout work around solutions to challenging parts of an adventure. Read the skill and fitness levels required by the adventure you’re interested in, which you’ll find on the ‘Adventure Details’ page our website. However, to review all our skill and fitness levels, so you can better compare each one and see which best represents your mountain biking or e-mountain biking experience, the complete guide to all our skill and fitness levels is linked below the rating. In each case, this is the minimum requirement, and so you should expect to be pushed technically and/or physically at certain points throughout your mountain bike adventure.
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Skills Levels

Novice

  • You have experience riding a mountain bike / e-mountain bike off-road and feel comfortable.
  • You own a mountain bike / E-MTB and ride it at least once per month.
  • You can change gears, understand braking and can pedal efficiently.
  • You’re comfortable biking on undulating (climbing and descending) dirt tracks or trails, forest trails, double track and occasional single track.
  • You like riding and are comfortable spending 3 – 4 hours in on the saddle.

Intermediate

  • You are comfortable riding most types of terrain in different conditions: singletrack, double track, muddy tracks, dry, loose trails, loose rocky trails.
  • You can brake, anticipate when you need to change gears, and are comfortable cornering of various trail conditions.
  • You enjoy moderate technical features, such as small rock gardens, small drops and steeper sections, but may get off and walk some technical features
  • You mountain bike / E-MTB two or three times a week throughout your biking season.
  • You enjoy learning and the challenge of tackling more of those moderate technical features.

Advanced

  • You are a very confident rider and can handle most types of riding and obstacles, including drops (of up to 1 foot), rocks, logs, switchbacks, larger rock gardens and sustained technical singletrack
  • You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
  • You have excellent bike handling skills and can lift front and rear wheels, do small jumps, corner, climb and descend steep trails
  • You have considerable experience of riding on a wide variety of technical terrains including: rocky, roots, muddy slick or loose, fast singletrack, exposed trails, bedrock for extended periods
  • You ride at least three times a week and rarely get off and walk sections
  • You can climb and descend comfortably on technical singletrack, for as long as required
  • You are ok with the challenge of long hike-a-bike climbs and long, technical descents, potentially in difficult weather conditions.

Fitness Levels

Level 1

  • You exercise at least once a week for more than 45 minutes.
  • You can ride a mountain bike at a relaxed pace for up to three hours a day, with snack and photo stops, for three consecutive days.
  • You can manage mountain bike climbs up to 200 meters each without walking.

Level 2

  • You have a reasonable level of mountain bike fitness, riding at least twice a week for one hour or more, throughout the whole year
  • You can ride a mountain bike for up to five hours per day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three consecutive days
  • You are capable of tackling moderate mountain bike climbs, of up to 400 meters.

Level 3

  • You have a good level of bike fitness, riding at least three times every week throughout the year, for an hour at a time or more.
  • You can ride a mountain bike for up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle a few fairly significant climbs a day, up to 600 meters each.

Level 4

  • You have an excellent level of bike fitness, exercising four or five times every week throughout the year, for at least an hour at a time or more.
  • You are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for four or more consecutive days.
  • You can tackle several serious climbs a day, up to 600 meters each.

Level 5

  • You are in peak physical condition and exercise or ride your bike nearly every single day for at least 90 minutes at a time.
  • You can ride and work seriously hard on the trail for 8 hours each day and for up to 7 days in a row.
  • It doesn’t matter how many steep climbs you have to tackle in a day, you view them as just another mountain you have to get over.

Level 6

Your ready to conquer Alto de Letras, and be crowned KOM!
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