Petunia Mafia welcomes riders of every type of bike and ability level. As such, we offer leader-appointed rides labeled as Green/Blue/Black. We borrowed the idea from ski resorts, who break down slopes into beginner/intermediate/advanced terrain. In cycling that translates to the skill and pace of the rider compounded by the cycling route. Where our “5 the hard way” ride consists of individual blue routes – NCAR, Flagstaff, Sunshine, Lee Hill, Old Stage – the act of stacking them all together in one day makes it a black event. We do our best to help everyone understand what the color designations mean.
Sometimes rides fall somewhere between levels. We don’t want to discourage a lower level rider from trying something a little more challenging. It’s how we advance as athletes.
Remember, intimidation has no place next to the likes of you. Don’t underestimate your ability. Memories aren’t made from the couch.