I just signed up for my first big organized bike ride. It is not a race, but a local 40 mile organized ride.
I've been a casual recreational rider for years (Cape Code Rail Trail most every summer, D&R Canal trail here in NJ), and I participated in a Sprint Triathlon last summer.
However, I have never ridden with a large crowd before. Other than a fun time, what should I expect (and be prepared for)? Any helpful hints or recommendations?