Below is a detailed explanation of our rating system for ALL the Biking Dutchman MTB Tours, and the Biking Dutchman All Mountain Tours.

* Please take a moment to asses your personal skills and fitness levels, so you can choose the trip that suites you best! 

 

SKILL LEVELS

Level 1 – Novice

  • You have virtually no experience with off-road mountain biking
  • You may have done some road riding
  • You may be a casual commuter.

 Level 2 – Beginner

  • You’ve been mountain biking for 1 year or so.
  • You enjoy it but still lack the skills to tackle terrain beyond beginner level
  • You know how to use your gears and brakes properly but when the terrain gets technical you have to get off your bike and walk
  • You can handle single-track as long as it is smooth and with few rocks or roots.

 Level 3/Intermediate

  • You’ve been mountain biking for at least 1 year or have decent general riding skills and good fitness
  • You’re capable of controlling bike speed and direction on moderate single-track
  • You ride at least 2-3 times/month during riding season.

 Level 4 – Strong Intermediate

  • You’ve been mountain biking for about 2-3 years, and have solid intermediate skills
  • You can handle rugged terrain, have good control of your brakes and know how to shift gears appropriately so that you don’t get off your bike too often
  • You can handle terrain that is slightly technical, with smaller rocks and roots and can climb on single-track as long as it is not technical.

 Level 5 – Advanced

  • You’ve been mountain biking for at least 3-4 years and are very confident in all aspects of mountain biking
  • You can handle most technical terrain, include rocky and root trails, along with features such as switchbacks, medium logs (6-8″ high), and low-level obstacles such as bridges
  • You’re comfortable with most advanced level trails (although you may walk a few sections).

 Level 6 – Expert

  • You have been mountain biking for over 5 years and are confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
  • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
  • You can descend steeps, and climb technical single-track.
  • You may have done competition for either aggressive XC, Enduro, or DH.

 Level 7 – Pro

  • You have been recently, or are currently competing in either XC, Enduro or DH races.
  • Enough said!

 

 

FITNESS LEVELS

Level 1

  • You are somewhat of a couch potato.
  • Even small climbs are challenging and you cannot ride for more than an hour on flat terrain at a time.

Level 2

  • You have average fitness and are capable of riding 2-3 hours a day at a relaxed pace.
  • You can handle one or two easy climbs of up to 200 vertical metres (650 ft).
  • You exercise once a week for minimum 45 minutes. 

Level 3

  • You are capable of riding 4-5 hours a day at a moderate pace (with breaks)
  • You can handle one or two climbs a day up to a total of 400 vertical metres (1,300 ft).
  • You exercise regularly throughout the year, at least twice a week for an hour.

Level 4

  • You can ride 5-6 hours a day at a moderate pace (with breaks)
  • You can handle two or three climbs of up to a total of 600 vertical metres (2,000 ft) in a day.
  • You exercise at least 3 times a week for at least an hour. 

Level 5

  • You can ride up to 8 hours a day, and tackle almost any climb the mountain throws at you.
  • You can handle sustained climbs of up to 1,500m (5,000) ft. and up to 3 hours (with breaks).
  • You train regularly for endurance events.