I decided last minute to sign up for the Battenkill Pre-Ride. Before the ride I took my bike to my favorite shop CrankWorks Cycles in Nyack, NY. I had them install an 11-32 rear cassette and tubeless tires.
I arrived at the start early and it was colder than expected. I decided to wear leg warmers, arm warmers and a vest. It turned out to be a god call, since it was windy all day.
At the start I attempted to stay with the main group, but got dropped early on. I spent the rest of the day riding solo and fighting the wind.
I was shot by the end of the day, but glad to have the experience.