It would be very helpful if wherever a ride shows up — for example, on the schedule, or the list of rides that can be joined, or on its own page — that it be described sufficiently.
Too often it will just say “1 lap” or group “C”. “1 lap” is meaningless without good knowledge of the route. A letter is meaningless without knowledge of whether it is referring to the w/kg or distance range.
For example, the L’Etape du Tour: Ride to Win on January 28th is described only as “1 lap”, that’s all.
In my opinion, a ride can be pretty well summed up in two numbers: distance and amount of climbing. Therefore, in my opinion, these two numbers should be visible next to the title of every ride.
Route can be important if people with normal road gearing need to switch out their cassette for hill-climbing gears if the route is all uphill, for example. Or if they simply don’t like the world the planned route is in.
Sure, sometimes better information can be dug up, but it would be nice to not have to dig, especially when selecting from the live list of rides that can be joined easily when just starting a ride.
It’s understandable that not all ways of describing a ride are solid numbers, but more information is better than less information.