the Ride Rating System
Dave Hansen, Safety Officer
few years ago the Board of Directors adopted for use by the Chapter a Ride
Rating System. While we reference
the Ride Rating System when we talk about our riding events, it’s been some
time now since we’ve explained what this ride rating system is and how it
should be used by the membership. I'd like to devote some time to explain the
ride rating system in terms I hope can be understood by all our members.
system is comprised of two parts:
rating system for the rides should be fairly easy to understand. We originally
rated all our rides as one star, two star, or three star rides.
easiest is the one star ride, requiring some minimum rider & riding skills.
The hardest is the three star ride, requiring a much more rigorous set
of rider & riding skills. The
two star ride requires what I consider to be average rider & riding skills.
To emphasize how the rating system works, we changed terminology from
stars to skulls, implying a one skull ride took less skills and experience to
ride safely than a 2 or 3 skull ride required.
not repeat the complete rides definitions here, but refer you to the Ride
Rating System located on the Safety Pages of the Chapter web site and reprinted
in many issues of the Pig Tales. The
important point here is
that the rides are rated by the Road Captain and/or Event Coordinator for that
is done to provide the membership with a guideline for determining what
level of riding skills are needed to participate in the ride, using the
planned route, riding with the group. It
is not done to exclude
anyone from participating in the activity.
rating system for the riders is a bit more difficult to understand. This
is because it's designed to provide a criteria set that each
rider uses to rate their
own riding abilities. The
criteria outlines several specific qualifications we want to see in a rider in
order to ride safely within a group.
The criteria set increases with each
step from minimum skills (one star) to average skills (two star)
to advanced skills (three star), with each rider skills level matching a
ride rating level.
order to have the Ride Rating System
work effectively for the safety of the whole group, each individual rider must
fairly evaluate their own riding abilities to determine if they can expect to
ride with the group for
any given ride.
does not mean anyone is specifically excluded from participating in a ride. It
does mean that if you don't have the requisite skills/experience, you should
plan to meet the group at the destination, riding separate from the group,
perhaps with another rider of similar or higher skills/experience.
we've developed the Ride Rating System as a tool to assist in providing safer
group rides for everyone involved, regardless of your individual
skill/experience level, but the system will only work if each member actively
and voluntarily participates in rating themselves as a rider.
month we’re having an Activities Committee meeting to plan next year’s
riding activities. To ensure we have
enough riding activities to meet you your particular skill level, I would
encourage everyone to review the complete ride rating system, honestly rate
their own riding abilities skill level, then attend the activities meeting to
assist in planning riding activities that match your abilities.
Ride Rating System
Words of Safety