Petunia Mafia welcomes women cyclists in a wide range of ability levels. 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.
At the green level the pace is slower and climbs are rolling. On the other end of the example spectrum, 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 level event. We do our best to help members understand what the color designations mean within ride descriptions.
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.