Join Date: May 2011
Location: Green Bay
Bikes: 2012 Kona Jake, 2009 Trek 1.2, 1997 Trek 6700
There are charity rides ... think there was a thread not long ago about those.
There are also "organized rides" ... usually hosted by a local bike club. Many offer varying distances. The one I did last weekend offered 36, 55, 68 and 100 mile routes. There's a fee to enter (usually less than a charity ride), and what that gets you depends on the ride. Last weekend it got me SAG support for the route, stocked rest stops with water, gatorade, snacks, etc ... and it included a spaghetti and meatballs dinner after the ride.
They're not races, but rides. You ride them at the pace you choose. There's usually a cut off time when SAG support stops and the rest stops close down.