Is ride ecuador for you?
- You like riding DH/AM the most and have a full-suspension bike, with hydraulic disk brakes and at least 5-6” of travel; in perfect shape.
- You can manage technical terrain, like rocky steeps, roots, rock gardens, and terrain features such as old stone steps and natural humps.
- You've ridden some jumps and features (i.e. north-shore), or wouldn't mind trying (you can always ride around all the them on the local trails).
- You're not afraid to get out of your cultural comfort zone and experience something different, like visiting local artisan shops or restaurants were local/ exotic dishes and beverages are served.
- You like to support local businesses and communities when traveling.
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 less.
- 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 + years and 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, small drops. (although you may walk a few sections)
- You 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 level drops, small jumps
- You’re comfortable with most advanced level trails
Level 6 – Expert
- You have been mountain biking for over 6 years and are confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
- You ride as often as possible and can handle very technical terrain and stunts, such as steep roll-ins, drops(over 4 ft high) and medium jumps
- You can descend technical steeps, and climb technical single-track.
- You have done some competition for either aggressive XC, Enduro, or DH
Level 7 – Pro
- You have been, or are currently competing in either XC, Enduro, or DH races for a living.
- You are a sponsored/pro mountain biker.
- You are somewhat of a couch potato
- Every climb is challenging and you cannot ride for more than 1 hour on mountain terrain at a time
- You have average fitness and are capable of riding 1-2 hours a day at a relaxed pace
- You can handle one or two easy climbs of up to 200 vertical meters (650 ft)
- You exercise once a week for minimum 45 minutes
- You are capable of riding 2-3 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 meters (1,300 ft)
- You exercise regularly throughout the year, at least twice a week for an hour
- You can ride 3-4 hours a day at a moderate pace (with breaks)
- You can handle two or three climbs of up to a total of 600 vertical meters (2,000 ft) in a day.
- You exercise at least 3 times a week for at least an hour
- You can ride up to 6 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