I boasted about this to several riders I met on a group ride this morning. There were 1700 cyclists at the Real Ale ride with official distance options of 15, 30, 50, 65 and 85 miles, but I put in 169 miles fully documented. Telling other cyclists about this, I received reactions ranging from awe to disbelief. The sceptics were more willing to take my word for it when I explained my ride was a 2009 Honda Fit with cold AC and magnetic signs that said "SAG."
For those of you who have never volunteered, I have done it several times and find it very rewarding.
And the Bicycle Sports Shop in Austin, Texas does a kick-ass job of organizing a big supported ride. Lots of challenges with all the different distance options. 2-way radios dropped out at times. There was more than one injury requiring 911 and a meat wagon to be called, and even one that required an airlift. I brought more riders in than I have ever done before. There were riders who don't go out on a regular basis and riders who were from flatter environments biting off more than they could chew. But there was never a cross word over the radio -- volunteers and BSS staff stayed mellow and calm with respect and courtesy to all. Not to say there might not have been a few f-bombs off-mike, of course.
Don in Austin