I've always enjoyed cycling & started seriously riding the end of last summer as part of my weight loss effort. This spring I bought a new bike & wanted to challenge myself to ride more miles & longer distances. My local LBS does weekly rides. They call it Monday Meander but I've heard it's quite a bit faster than what I think of as "meander". I hope to be able to join them at least by the end of the summer.
As part of my goals, I decided to sign up for some events. On June 1st I will be participating in a women's ride which requires travelling 4.5 hrs & staying overnight.
As a newb to this type of group ride I was wondering if there are any suggestions or helpful hints. They have a variety of distances to ride, I'm doing the 25 miles. They will have maps & cue sheets but how on earth do you read a cue sheet while riding? I'm planning to stay near the back of the pack since I am quite slow.
Anything I should be aware of? Do's or don'ts for a first timer?