It may be different in various areas of the country, but on the rides I have done so far they give you a list of the basic rules and maps/cue sheets when you register. Some rides have mass starts, some are show and go. Mass starts may give verbal instructions and changes to the route, be sure you can hear them. Show and go is just what it says, register and start when you are ready. Here are some basics:
-be sure to sign out/in
-Remove cleats before entering buildings
-Wear your helmet!
-Follow all traffic laws
-Ride as far right as is safe
-Pass on the left and call out "on your left"
-Find someone riding about the same speed you are and strike up a conversation, it may be their first ride too
-Take advantage of all rest stops, even if it is just for a few minutes
-Have fun, that is why you are there
Some rides have meals following, take advantage of them and meet some of the riders. We have made several friendships that way. Once you do a few rides you will start to see some of the same riders. Take clothes to change into, some rides also offer shower facilities post ride so you can clean up before heading home, I recommend them also.
Having participated as a rider and organizer of rides, I have a few extras I try to include. The workers are often volunteers, please thank them for their time. If you don't get the help you need, ask to speak to one of the organizers. If there is something you need (like Advil at a rest stop) feel free to ask. I supply the rest stops with sheets for comments/requests from riders. If you have suggestions, mention them to the workers at the rest stop or to the sign in table at the end.
1) Track all foods and stay in nutrition range
2) Exercise 30 minutes daily and track
3) Work in sewing room daily
4) Declutter one closet/cabinet or repair something around the house
5) Call or e-mail one out of town family member daily
It's never too late to be what you might have been.
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