Riding during bicycling events

I’m curious about how you guys go about riding during ‘regular’ cycling events.

We have a myriad of tours and races that take place during the season here in Utah, and there are a couple in particular that have caught my eye. These are road rides, most having anywhere from 35-100 mile options.

Is there a way to ride in these events (sort of ‘get out there’) without being completely left in the dust? With an average speed of 10-12 mph., I have visions of the event organizers packing up their stuff and leaving hours before I’d even finish.

Just looking for some input.


Wow, I really need to take my own advise and search first. I’ve already posted a similar thread on this topic before, and had since forgotten!

All apologies.

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