Nobody did a good job answering those questions.. Re: 5. If riders in my group arrive and think that the conditions for riding the BBA are too challenging for them, can they still camp at the start and enjoy the social aspects of this event in the evening? yes - hero sections (harder) are optional, and notated on the route sheet. You and your group can decide at every hero section if you want to try it out or just continue along the main route. Akarob had some good advise about prep. For those newer to the sport, comfort can make or break a day. Bring an extra set of gloves too in case you tip over in deep mud. A backup pair of safety glasses are helpful in rainy/humid conditions. Spark plugs enjoy being bathed in dielectric grease. Cell phones like zip lock bags.