GRADING
I have developed a grading system for levels of competence in mountain biking. You can use this to assess your own ability and fitness. I can use it as a guide for fitting you onto the appropriate Dirty Weekend or other break. It can also be used to describe the level of difficulty of a section of terrain or route.

Certificates are available, by request, to people attending a break at Clive Powell Mountain Bikes.
LEVEL TECHNICAL CRITERIA Fitness
1
Correct Posture & Riding Position
Forest Roads
Hard Pack
Broad Tracks
Moderate Inclines
Summer Conditions
Basic Fitness Level
2
Narrower Paths
Easy Ruts
Steeper Climbs & Descents
Moderately Rough, Loose or
Slippery Terrain
Reasonable
Bike
Fitness
3
Deep Narrow Ruts
Technical Single Track
Steep Climbs & Descents
Obstacles, e.g., Large Rocks,
Difficult Conditions i.e., Very Wet
Fit enough to
Power Up
Steep Climbs,
Get Up To Speed,
Ride for Extended Periods.
4
Ride with Greater Finesse Keep Control at Greater Speed Make Very Few Mistakes & Ride with Flow in all Conditions Fit enough to Ride at Speed for Long Periods Maintaining Control
5
Good Competition Level High Fitness Level