gwuinsf saidI don't know how many days the Smart Ride is, but I've done the AIDS/LifeCycle ride three times which is 7 days and 585 miles. You want to find out what kind of food is going to be available on the ride and get your body acclimated to what's going to be available.
The SMART Ride is 2 days: 100 miles the first, 65 the second.
Olive Garden provides a free "pasta feast" of spaghetti & macaroni the night before, for a carb load. Next morning before ride-out we have a full breakfast from Starbucks of eggs, bacon & sausage, toast, etc.
On the road there are 5 pit stops the first day, plus a couple of water points, and 3 pit stops the second day, at roughly 20-mile intervals. At each there are electrolytes, water, bananas, energy bars and other items, all free. The 3rd pit stop on the first day includes sandwiches for lunch at roughly noon, usually ham, beef or turkey with cheese.
Friday night is a hot meal, usually some chicken & beef, with dessert, and Saturday morning a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, cereals, pastries, etc, both meals from Rosie's of Wilton Manors. In Key West you get another lunch meal, usually sandwiches. We feed you well, with all the water you need, and you have to pay nothing.
Oh, and the Friday overnight stop is at a luxury resort. We all stay in 2-bedroom townhouses, with complete kitchens, and 2 or 2-1/2 baths. We do NOT tent, as some other rides do. You may have to double-up with someone if you're alone.
Once in Key West you're on your own, some people driving back immediately with friends who meet them, others staying for a little vacation (my partner & I always stay until Tuesday).