Off-Road Mountain Biking: A profile of participants, setting and preferences, by Gordan Cessford, 1995
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APPENDIX 5

Validity of self-rated experience

This appendix compares the self-rated experience levels of riders with more objective indications of their relative experience at mountain biking. It should be recognised that because mountain biking is a recent development, little time has been available for the development of extensive rider experience. In this context, self-rated perceptions could be considered more relevant. As can be seen by reference to Table A.5.1, higher ratings corresponded to higher levels in the other experience criteria. This is discussed further in Section 3.2.

Table A.5.1: Experience indicators at different self-rated experience levels

EXPERIENCE FEATURES by SELF-RATED EXPERIENCE
Beginner riders
Moderately Experienced
Have much experience
Expert/very experienced
NOTES
(n = 59)
(n = 121)
(n = 222)
(n = 102)
RACE CLASS

Bike shop customers

Novice/Fun riders

Novice/Race riders

Sport riders

Expert riders


63

15

15

7

0

13

16

43

25

3

5

7

14

55

18

2

2

3

27

67
Riders who rated their experience higher were generally entered in the more competitive race classes (but not always).

(Correlation moderate, r = -0.67)

YEARS RIDING MTB

1 year or less

1 - 2 years

2 - 3 years

3 - 4 years

4 - 5 years

More than 5 years


68

15

9

2

2

4

33

28

18

9

8

3

10

27

23

17

15

8

4

12

16

29

13

27
Riders who rated their experience higher had generally more years of riding mountain bikes. Few riders had more than 5 years experience. This may explain the weak correlation apparent here.

(Correlation weak, r = 0.48)

DAYS RIDE/YEAR

Only ride on road

Off-road under 6 days

Off-road 7 - 12 days

Off-road 13 - 24 days

Off-road 25 - 50 days

Off-road 51 - 100 days

Off-road over 100 days


21

40

33

5

2

0

0

0

3

21

22

38

13

3

0

0

1

8

35

32

24

0

0

0

1

18

26

55
Riders who rated their experience higher were riding on more days per year. Expert riders were very intense participants, riding more than twice a week. The most active riders rated their experience highest.

(Correlation strong, r = 0.77)

RACES DONE

None done before

Only 1 race

2 - 5

6 - 10

11 - 20

21 - 50

51 - 100

Over 100 races


64

17

17

2

0

0

0

0

11

28

41

12

6

2

0

0

4

6

21

21

28

19

1

1

1

2

6

6

18

38

21

8
Riders who rated their experience higher had done more previous races. Beginners were the least involved in races. Almost all other riders had some experience of them. The most active racers rated their experience highest.

(Correlation strong, r = 0.71)

In addition to these comparisons, `rated' experience was compared with another type of experience criteria, this being the number of sites used in the Wellington district (Table A.5.2)

This table shows that the more experienced riders had generally used more sites around the Wellington area, although the correlation was weak. This may reflect the greater proportions of experienced riders from outside the Wellington area, present mainly to participate in the race events sampled.

Table A.5.2: Number of sites used for riding in the Wellington area

NUMBER OF SITES USED (refer to map in Appendix 1)
Beginner riders

(n=43)
Moderately experienced

(n=101)
Have much experience

(n=180)
Expert/very experienced

(n=52)
NOTES
1 - 10 sites

11 - 20 sites

21 - 30 sites

31 - 40 sites

41 - 50 sites

Over 51 sites

83

9

7

0

0

0
25

52

23

0

0

1
5

16

37

23

13

4
4

9

21

18

20

25
Riders with greater experience had generally ridden on more sites in the Wellington area.

(Correlation was weak, r=0.376)

Despite the weak correlation, it is still apparent that the more experienced riders were using more sites. When all these experience criteria are considered together in comparison with self-rated experience levels, the rated levels can be considered largely representative of actual experience at mountain biking. Once more time has passed, greater experience may become more associated with the amount of time riders have been riding, rather than the intensity of their riding, which appears the case here.


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