I read with great interest the posts for the California group planning to get together for their Tour de Cure event and I looked into the Minnesota version. Since I just started riding in August, I have never experienced a group ride of any kind. I am tossing around the idea of participating in this ride as a motivational tool. I also have Type 2 Diabetes so it is personal too. My question is, what distance would be appropriate for a newbie? The choices are 7, 18/27, 45, 62, and 100 miles. My furthest ride distance thus far is 12 miles. The race is scheduled for June 1st so I would have plenty of time to build a base. It will be in and around Minneapolis so there will be no mountains to deal with. I figure 7 is too easy and 100 miles is out of the question at this point. Any suggestions?