For a couple weeks now, I have had a metric century ride planned for next Saturday taking a well-travelled route between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It's planned as my "final prep/training" ride for a 900-1,000 mile tour I hope to start the following week.
It turns out that there is a formally organized ride using the exact same route (minus 5 miles) on the same day. To join their ride requires a $50 entrance fee and $50 in sponsored donations to support their cause.
The only possible advantage to not changing my ride day to Sunday is that I might possibly get to take advantage of the sweep/SAG support if something goes wrong along the way. Otheriwse, I don't intend to even use their water stations, engage in their pre-/post-ride activities, etc. I hope to just be sharing the road with them.
Is it bad form/ethically wrong for me to just go ahead with my ride anyway?