Okay, I have been reading the posts for a couple of weeks now, so I can see what you guys in CR are doing for training. As a first time rider, however, I have some questions. 480 miles in seven days seems kind of intimidating. How fast (mph) do the average riders go? How long does it take to complete an average day - say 65 miles? Does everyone start together (at a horn or whistle) or do people just get up in the morning and take off when they are ready? Are the showers "communal"? Are they always cold? I've heard there is a "no drafting" rule, is that true (what-no pacelines)? Are there rest stops along the way with water, energy drinks, snacks, etc, (free or cash?) or are you on your own? Are there SAG vehicles on the course? Ride marshalls? And the two most important questions: What time do the parties start and do I have to keep up with Lance?