Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Victoria, Canada
Bikes: Cannondale t1, Koga-Miyata World Traveller
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+1 to what Mr. Bean says.
There are two ways to achieve long distances.
Speed, and time in the saddle.
I assume you will go for time in the saddle.
Plan on a 10 minute rest every hour, and eat a chocolate bar, or energy bar every hour.
Since you are in the deep south, it will still be relatively warm. As previously mentioned, take extra water.
Drink a pint of water (or a regular size waterbottle) every hour.
You don't need to carry more than 2 waterbottles if there are convenience stores along the way.
If the other guys want to speed on ahead, say "goodbye and see you later." Then carry on at your own speed.
Everybody is unhappy if someone is slow. They feel rushed, and the speedy ones feel held back.
Good luck, and enjoy the day, either in the group, or solo.