I am going to ride the Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail 2004 Ride on Sunday. This wil be my first long distance organized ride - I'm thinking of doing the 100 mile route.
The ride notice states: Rest stops include refreshments. There will be a SAG service and sweep. DOE.
So I understand they accept day of entry riders since I didn't pre-register. What is SAG service? I believe sweep is an offer of a lift back when time runs out? What refreshments are usually offered?
I can carry two watter bottles which should get me between rest stops, or should I put a third cage and bottle on? I only have a small under seat pouch and pockets in jersey - should I get a rack and trunk bag? I have a spare tire and irons in the pouch. Do I need other tools / stuff or is that what the SAG service provides?
I have a lite touring / cyclocross bike and currently have 35mm 90lb tires, should I switch down to 25mm tires for this ride? What benefits would I get besides losing some soft ride quality?
What types and how much snacks / food should I carry on me for such a ride? I know about power aid and such to drink so I don't dehydrate or run out of electrolites. I am a type 2 diabetic and watch my sugar, so I get the sports drinks with only 2 carbs, but on such a long ride I may need to worry about my sugar going too low. Any other riders out there also diabetics and have figured this out?
Any other helpful ides / comments? The weather is supposed to be nice so I wasn't taking rain gear.
Sorry for all the noob questions - I just want to be prepared as possible and know what to expect.