Fitness levels 1 to 4:
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 one to two hours out on a ride.
Moderate fitness from one or two sessions of exercise each week. Can ride hilly terrain at a steady pace, or more demanding terrain but only for shorter rides.
Good fitness from regular exercise sessions and time spent actively involved in cycling. Can ride full days in any terrain at a steady pace.
Excellent fitness from regular training and a significant amount of time spent riding or racing. Can ride in any terrain at a demanding pace.
Skill 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.
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.
Now you've decided what fitness level and skill you're at......lets go!!!