* 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!
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.