I would like to try taking part in some organised rides but not sure which kind of event to enter. I am a reasonably fit cyclist, with a fast touring bike rather than a road bike, who can happily do up to 100k a day, but not at very great speed (I probably average about 20kph). My fears are that a) Audax events are only for stoical types with beards , and Nelson longflaps, who will happily grind their way through wind, rain, and snow; but will totally ignore a newbie like me (particularly if I am clean shaven). I'll be a complete laughing stock if I turn up at a sportive with anything less than the latest £1,500 carbon superbike; and I won't be able to keep up unless I have gone through the kind of intensive training programme that has featured in the last few issues of C+. PS This is my contribution to Admin's "Dare to be different day"