Riding in a large group has its risks, so awareness of your surroundings and other cyclists is crucial. Holding your line on downhill sections can take some practise. Why not train with a local club to build your group riding skills and confidence? Don’t listen to music during the event – riders shout warnings when the pack slows and bunches up or a hazard like a pot hole is fast approaching. Remember to do the same for those behind you!
Always keep an eye on what’s ahead and that you’re following the set route: the rider in front of you might be lost, cycling a different route or not even be part of the event (the bib number should give it away). Again, this is why studying your route before the sportive and logging it into a bike GPS all helps you stay on course.