Rider ability explained
We want to help you choose the best tour for your level of riding. So you feel in you comfort zone and ride the trail that you find the most enjoyable! Due to the varying nature of the trails we ride, and the remote locations that we travel to - it is hard to outline the exact level of rider ability that you need to be, however please use this as a guide before booking onto a trip. If in doubt then please give us an email - Ride@trailunknown.com.
Note: Our tours can be catered to all abilities, so if you wish to reduce or enhance the level of fitness or skill for your group then just let us know and we'll cater it to you.
We've ranked this into 3 levels. Please note: All our tours require a fairly decent level of fitness. You need to be able to ride a bike for more than 2 hours and exercise at least once a week.
You can cycle at a leisurely pace for at least 2 hours and ride at least once a month. You exercise for at least an hour a week. You can ride a bike and be able to climb a hill of 200m at least twice in a day.
You have a relatively good cycle fitness and ride at least once a week for more than 2hours. You exercise fairly regularly, at least twice a week. You can cycle for more than 3 hours if needed. You can cycle up to 40km a day and ascend 1000m in height in a day but you wouldn't manage 2 of these days in a row.
You have a good cycle fitness and ride most days. You exercise regularly, at least twice a week. You can cycle all day with stops and you can cycle more than 40km and ascent 1000m in height, you can do this for 2 or more days in a row.
Please note for all our trips you need to be able to ride a bike and have had some experience with off road riding. Your mountain bike guide will be a trained professional and will be on hand to offer any tips and tricks along the ride. There is also no shame in choosing to step off and walk a section of trail. We have split skill level into 3 sections. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can ride a bike but you're new to mountain biking. You can peddle, change gear and break on the bike. You may have had some experience riding off road on a wide open bridleway and may have ventured onto a family or blue trail at a bike centre, but you're not yet comfortably riding single track or a hard blue trail at a bike centre.
You can ride a bike and ride mountain bikes frequently. You've been riding for at least a year and you're confident with riding single track. You can ride blue and red trails at a bike centre, although you may walk sections of technical track.
You ride mountain bikes regularly and would class it as one of your main sports. You ride at least once a week and you're confident riding rocky, routy, steep and technical trails. You can ride some drops and ride red trails along with some blacks at a bike centre.