The link above has all the info that I know at this time re: this ride. I would suppose they will have 3-4 designated routes. At this time I do not know how much mileage I will be riding, but my plan is to go long... possibly heading up to Alton for lunch before turning around and heading back. Another potential stop is Bobby's in Maryville for ice cream (this of course would be on my way home as a refuel & treat before finishing the last 8-10 miles). We can break into appropriate distance and pace groups at registration. Meet at 7:30am - clip in and roll out at 8am sharp for the long routes.
Of course for those who wish to keep it short you are welcome to ride an out-n-back to Bobby's. Other options are out there for various lengths to end up at Peel (or any other downtown Edwardsville establishment) to have pizza for lunch. So the beauty of this ride is your options are endless as far as possible routes. As an added bonus: since its a planned trail system with everything off the trail well marked, you can ride at your own pace and feel confident that you will indeed meet back up with your group even if you decide to roll at a different pace.
Come well hydrated and well stocked with bike snacks. Even though it is a supported ride, you should still be self-sufficient. That means you have at least one tube and the tools and capabilities to change a flat. This is an absolute must if you plan to ride more than 20 miles. (No time like the present: If you have never changed a tube out, let the air out of your current front tube, take it all the way out and then put it back in, put your tire back in place, fill the tube. Did it stay filled with air for an extended period of time?)
Trailnet has fees for their supported rides. Please look those up on their website as well as they vary depending on whether you are a member or not. They accept cash. Bring other money or forms of payment for stops along the way.