HOW TO RATE YOUR SKILL LEVEL

DONUT HOLES (AKA NEWBIE)

YOU HAVE NEVER RIDDEN A MOUNTAIN BIKE BEFORE. IT'S A NEW SPORT FOR YOU.

GLAZED (AKA BEGINNER)

YOU HAVE LIMITED EXPERIENCE WITH OFF-ROAD TRAIL RIDING, AND HAVE NEVER BEEN ON SINGLETRACK. YOU STICK TO THE DOUBLE TRACK TRAILS.

CRUELLER (AKA NOVICE)

YOU HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE AND ARE COMFORTABLE WITH OFF-ROAD TRAIL RIDING. YOU STICK TO THE DOUBLE TRACK TRAILS MOSTLY, BUT HAVE STARTED DABBLING WITH MORE CHALLENGING TERRAIN ON THE DOUBLE TRACK TRAILS. YOU ARE CURIOUS, BUT DON’T HAVE THE CONFIDENCE YET, TO VENTURE INTO THE SINGLETRACK OR TERRAIN WITH ROOTS, ROCKS, TIGHT CORNERS, TIGHT TREES, AND STEEP SECTIONS. YOU ARE ABLE TO STAND UP ON YOUR BIKE WHILE IT IS ROLLING, BUT NOT VERY COMFORTABLE OR BALANCED AND DON’T ALWAYS STAND UP. YOU ARE MOSTLY RELYING ON YOUR BACK BRAKE TO SLOW YOU DOWN AND STOP YOU.

CHOCOLATE DIPPED (AKA STRONG NOVICE)

YOU HAVE COMMITTED TO BETTERING YOUR RIDING AND IT HAS LED YOU INTO THE GREEN SINGLETRACK TRAILS WITH MINIMUM ROOTS, ROCKS, TIGHT CORNERS, TIGHT TREES, AND STEEP SECTIONS. YOU PREFER THE SMOOTH AND MELLOW SINGLETRACK, ALTHOUGH SOME AREAS YOU MAY FEEL A BIT OVER YOUR HEAD AND WALK YOUR BIKE INSTEAD. YOU ARE STANDING UP MORE CONFIDENTLY AND MORE BALANCED ON YOUR BIKE SOMETIMES WHEN NEEDED AND HAVING STARTED THINKING ABOUT WHAT THE FRONT BRAKE IS THERE FOR.

VANILLA SPRINKLES (AKA INTERMEDIATE)

TERRAIN: AT A SLOWER CONTROLLED SPEED, YOU ARE COMFORTABLE ON THE GREEN AND EASIER BLUE SINGLETRACK WITH TIGHT CORNERS, TIGHT TREES, SOME SAND & LOSE ROCK, 

 

OBSTACLES: YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT ROLLING OVER ROOTS, ROCKS, STEEP SECTIONS, SMALL ROLLABLE DROPS (A COUPLE INCHES HIGH).

 

BIKE SKILLS: YOU ARE CONFIDENT AND SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTING THE FOLLOWING BASIC BIKE HANDLING SKILLS ON MELLOW SINGLETRACK:

SHIFTING: YOU ANTICIPATE THE TERRAIN AND SHIFT GEARS ACCORDINGLY

DESCENDING: YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND BALANCED STANDING UP OFF OF YOUR SEAT, AND CAN MAINTAIN LEVEL PEDALS FOR THE ENTIRE DESCENT. 

SPEED CONTROL & BRAKING: YOU USE THE MOMENTUM TO CLIMB ROLLING TERRAIN AND ARE COMFORTABLE USING BOTH YOUR FRONT AND BACK BRAKES WHEN REQUIRED. 

 

BIKE PARKS: IF YOU HAVE RIDDEN A BIKE PARK, YOU ARE COMFORTABLE ON ALL GREEN TRAILS AND SOME BLUE TRAILS. YOU ROLL OVER OBSTACLES WITH EASE, ALTHOUGH KEEP BOTH WHEELS ON THE GROUND AT ALL TIMES.

BOSTON CREAM (AKA STRONG INTERMEDIATE)

TERRAIN: YOU ARE COMFORTABLE RIDING A VARIETY OF SINGLETRACK WHICH MAY INCLUDE TIGHT TREES, MUD, LOOSE ROCKS, AND SAND, AND ARE COMFORTABLE DOING SO ON MORE CHALLENGING TERRAIN AND AT HIGHER SPEEDS. 

 

OBSTACLES: YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT WITH A FRONT WHEEL LIFT TO GET UP AND OVER OBSTACLES (UP TO 6 INCHES) SUCH AS ROOTS, ROCKS, AND SMALL LOGS THAT ARE NOT ROLLABLE. 

 

BIKE SKILLS: YOU ARE CONFIDENT AND SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTING THE FOLLOWING BIKE HANDLING SKILLS ON A VARIETY OF SINGLETRACK:

SHIFTING: YOU ANTICIPATE THE HILLS BY SHIFTING GEARS SMOOTHLY

CLIMBING: YOU SHIFT YOUR BODYWEIGHT FORWARD IN EFFORTS TO KEEP TRACTION ON YOUR FRONT WHEEL. CLIMBING IS TYPICALLY SUCCESSFUL, UNLESS TECHNICAL ROOTS, ROCKS, OR CORNERS HAVE YOU WALKING A SHORT SECTION. 

DESCENDING: YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND BALANCE STANDING UP OFF YOUR SEAT AND CAN MAINTAIN LEVEL PEDALS FOR THE ENTIRE DESCENT. YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH SPEED AND LETTING GO OF YOUR BRAKES AS LONG AS YOU CAN SEE THE EXIT OR END OF THE DESCENT. 

SPEED CONTROL & BRAKING: YOU USE MOMENTUM TO CLIMB ROLLING TERRAIN AND ARE COMFORTABLE USING BOTH YOUR FRONT AND BACK BRAKES WHEN REQUIRED. 

CORNERING: YOU UNDERSTAND EFFECTIVE CORNERING TECHNIQUES ALTHOUGH MAY STILL NEED TO WORK ON YOUR TIMING AND COORDINATION. 


BIKE PARKS: IF YOU HAVE RIDDEN A BIKE PARK, YOU ARE COMFORTABLE ON ALL GREEN AND BLUE TRAILS, AND HAVE DABBLED IN SOME BLACK TRAILS THOUGH THEY MAY LEAVE YOU WALKING SEVERAL TECHNICAL SECTIONS.

 JELLY (AKA ADVANCED)

TERRAIN: YOU ARE COMFORTABLE RIDING A VARIETY OF SINGLETRACK WHICH MAY INCLUDE TIGHT TREES, MUD, LOOSE ROCKS, AND SAND, AND ARE COMFORTABLE DOING SO ON AGGRESSIVE TERRAIN WITH LITTLE BRAKING.

 

OBSTACLES: YOU CAN BUNNYHOP OVER OBSTACLES SUCH AS SMALL ROOTS AND ROCKS THAT LESS ADVANCED RIDERS MAY ATTEMPT TO ROLL OVER. YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND CONFIDENT WITH A FRONT AND REAR WHEEL LIFT TO GET UP AND OVER LARGER OBSTACLES (UP TO 6 INCHES) SUCH AS ROOTS, ROCKS, AND LOGS THAT ARE NOT ROLLABLE. YOU CAN HANDLE SOME RAISED OBSTACLES SUCH AS BRIDGES, THOUGH WITH SOME TREPIDATION.

 

BIKE SKILLS: YOU ARE CONFIDENT AND SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTING THE FOLLOWING BIKE HANDLING SKILLS ON A VARIETY OF SINGLETRACK:

SHIFTING: YOU ANTICIPATE HILLS BY SHIFTING GEARS SMOOTHLY AND EFFICIENTLY.

CLIMBING: YOU SHIFT YOUR BODYWEIGHT FORWARD IN EFFORTS TO KEEP TRACTION ON YOUR FRONT WHEEL. CLIMBING THAT INVOLVES TECHNICAL ROOTS, ROCKS, AND SWITCHBACKS ARE TYPICALLY NO ISSUE FOR YOU.

DESCENDING: YOU USE THE BRAKES SPARINGLY, AND ENJOY GETTING SOME AIR OFF LITTLE ROCKS AND ROOTS. 

SPEED CONTROL & BRAKING: YOU USE MOMENTUM TO CLIMB ROLLING TERRAIN AND ARE COMFORTABLE USING BOTH YOUR FRONT AND BACK BRAKES INDEPENDENTLY OF EACH OTHER WHEN REQUIRED. 

CORNERING: YOUR TIMING AND COORDINATION ON ALL TYPES OF CORNERS IS SOLID. YOU ARE COMFORTABLE LEANING YOUR BIKE THROUGH THE CORNER AND EXIT WITH ACCELERATION. 

 

BIKE PARK: IF YOU HAVE RIDDEN A BIKE PARK, YOU ARE COMFORTABLE ON ALL GREEN. BLUE, AND BLACK TRAILS. YOU MAY HAVE VENTURED ON SOME DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND TRAILS, BUT MANY SECTIONS LEAVE YOU FEELING NERVOUS AND UNSURE.

MAPLE BACON (AKA EXPERT)

TERRAIN: YOU ARE COMFORTABLE RIDING A VARIETY OF SINGLETRACK WHICH MAY INCLUDE TIGHT TREES, MUD, LOOSE ROCKS, AND SAND, AND ARE COMFORTABLE DOING SO ON AGGRESSIVE TERRAIN WITH LITTLE BRAKING. YOU RARELY, IF EVER, WALK. 

 

OBSTACLES:YOU CAN BUNNYHOP OVER OBSTACLES SUCH AS ROOTS, ROCKS, AND LOGS THAT LESS ADVANCED RIDERS MAY WHEEL LIFT OVER. SMALL DROPS ARE NO ISSUE FOR YOU AND YOU ARE FULLY COMFORTABLE WITH HAVING BOTH WHEELS LEAVE THE GROUND. YOU ARE CONFIDENT WITH A FRONT AND REAR WHEEL LIFT TO GET UP AND OVER LARGER OBSTACLES (UP TO 6 INCHES) SUCH AS ROOTS, ROCKS, AND LOGS THAT ARE NOT ROLLABLE. 

 

BIKE SKILLS: YOU ARE CONFIDENT AND SUCCESSFULLY EXECUTING THE FOLLOWING BIKE HANDLING SKILLS ON A VARIETY OF SINGLETRACK:

SHIFTING: YOU ANTICIPATE HILLS BY SHIFTING GEARS OFTEN AND SMOOTHLY.

CLIMBING: YOU SHIFT YOUR BODYWEIGHT FORWARD IN EFFORTS TO KEEP TRACTION ON YOUR FRONT WHEEL. CLIMBING THAT INVOLVES TECHNICAL ROOTS, ROCKS, AND SWITCHBACKS ARE NO ISSUE FOR YOU.

DESCENDING: YOU USE THE BRAKES SPARINGLY, AND ENJOY GETTING SOME AIR OFF EVERY ROCK. ROOT, AND DROP YOU CAN FIND. 

SPEED CONTROL & BRAKING: YOU USE MOMENTUM TO CLIMB ROLLING TERRAIN AND ARE COMFORTABLE USING BOTH YOUR FRONT AND BACK BRAKES INDEPENDENTLY OF EACH OTHER WHEN REQUIRED. 

CORNERING: YOUR TIMING AND COORDINATION ON ALL TYPES OF BERMS, SWITCHBACKS, AND CORNERS IS SOLID. YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM LEANING YOUR BIKE THROUGH FAST CORNER AND EXIT WITH ACCELERATION. YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH STOPPIES ON TIGHT SWITCHBACKS, AND HAVE EVEN ATTEMPTED NOSE PIVOTS, ALTHOUGH NOT ALWAYS SUCCESSFULLY. 

 

BIKE PARK: IF YOU HAVE RIDDEN A BIKE PARK, YOU ARE COMFORTABLE ON ALL GREEN, BLUE, BLACK, AND MOST DOUBLE BLACK TRAILS.

FRITTER (AKA PRO)

YOU CAN HANDLE THE MOST TECHNICAL TERRAIN IMAGINABLE. YOU SHRED UP STEEP FEATURES AND CAN HIT ALL THE GAPS, DROPS AND JUMPS AT ANY BIKE PARK OR DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND TRAIL. YOU LOVE TO PLAY ON YOUR BIKE AND HAVE MASTERED ADVANCED MANEUVERS SUCH AS WHEELIES, MANUALS, STOPPIES, AND NOSE PIVOTS. 

DISCLAIMER: YOU DEFINITELY DO NOT NEED A LESSON AT THIS POINT!

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