2. How to prepare:
Look at the courses and determine what course you’d like to ride. While SAG often has mechanics as volunteers many others may not be able to provide all support. It’s best to have your bike recently serviced. I recommend cleaning your bike and checking basics like your brakes, headset, chain, tire wear before every long ride. SAG vehicles likely have extra tubes, air pumps, water, nutrition, etc. but relying on SAG could mean you spend some time waiting for them. I would make sure you have basic bike tools, a tube and air along with hydration and nutrition. Arrive early to give yourself time to use the portable toilets, prep your bike, calm any jitters, and say hello to those you know or new faces.
3. Ride safely:
While a supported ride means a lot of other cyclists will be in the area, it doesn’t necessarily mean dangers have been eliminated. Be aware of the course including where rest stops will be and how to get in touch with ride organizers if needed. Driving SAG vehicles has given me a greater appreciation for the improved visibility of someone with front and rear lights even in daylight. Riding as far to the right as safely possible is a best practice – both so other cyclists and cars can pass. Avoid riding on the line as it may be slippery but practice riding a few inches from it. Follow the rules of the road because cars are likely still around. Be courteous to other riders by calling out or signaling you are passing them or if there is a danger they should be aware of.