I’m wearing a bracelet that reads:
The Petunia Mafia women’s cycling team is all about chasing dreams. Our founder, Patty (who coincidentally gifted me this bracelet), had a dream 9 years ago to ride bikes in a stylish kit with friends and feel a belonging to a sisterhood. My dream (I’m Laura, team president) has been to nurture and grow what was Team ten20, now Petunia Mafia. Teammates have dreamt – and present-tense dream – of bucket-list rides, overcoming bike-related obstacles both figurative and real (blast that rock staircase! damn those Mt. Evans switchbacks!), forming new friendships, and carving out “me” time on a bike.
Petunia Mafia can help form sweet dreams. We put a plethora of road, mountain, coached clinics, trips, and social events on each month of the calendar. We have pre-planned rides with a leader where you just show up. We offer avenues to hook up with others for a last-minute pedal or to find training partners. We help move you forward to become a better cyclist no matter what your level is now. And holy cow do we laugh.
We’d love to have you join our cycling community. How do we know that? Because if you love riding bikes, you’re one of us. Following are more details on our sweet little bike club:
The mission of this team is to get women on the saddle. And we’re going to have fun doing it. While we’re based in Boulder, Colorado, we have members across the metro Denver area and even in multiple states. Our members are women who want to ride with a group that motivates and inspires them to ride somewhere new, achieve their goals, or just ride with like-minded women.
Heck no. Our team has a varied ride calendar to include riders of all levels, from new enthusiasts to competitive racers. We’re a group that wants to make training fun. If you race, we’d love to have you race for us. If you’re newly interested in racing, we’d love to help you get you to that next level. If you don’t race, won’t race, and aren’t at all interested, no problem!
Really, we want you to join any cycling club or team. We want more women to be on a bike, whether it’s with Petunia Mafia or another squad. But since you asked, here are reasons you should join:
Are we a hard-core race team? Nope. While some of our ladies love to race competitively (our highest-participated race genre is cyclocross), most of our women are just into riding for the love of riding. And you don’t have to be a hard-core cyclist; we offer 10-15mph recreational rides for those riders (and those days) where you just want to spin.
So you’re a road bike team? We have a sizeable mountain bike crew that has its own schedule and leader. Many of our women ride both mtb and road bikes, while some only roll on fat tires. There’s no extra fee or separate club, it’s all one team.
What’s mandatory? Nothing. No one understands better than us how busy women are without having mandatory attendance, volunteering minimums, etc. So, come as often as you’d like…but we will tell you the more you show up, the more you’ll be glad you did. Memories and connections aren’t made from the couch.
When do we have to join? We accept new members all through the year. However, the kit order is placed at the beginning of the year – we may and try to have extra sizes to sell as the year progresses. Therefore we give a big membership push in January so everyone gets their correctly sized kit.
Where does my registration fee go? Operational costs (i.e. business licenses and consultant fees), paying pro coaches for clinics, party food, road trip lodging, etc. We spend smartly and invest in our member’s experience.