Before today all I had done was local riding (around the block), and a few times involving one intersection with traffic lights. Nothing much really, and not exceeding 40k/h. And practice around the cones and e-braking on Saturday mornings. I was a little anxious about how on earth I was going to hang on at any real speed. I am finally understanding the big deal! I was surprised at how noisy it was in the helmet. Will definitely use earplugs. Also, something on my jacket makes a really annoying whistling sound. Must fix! And I noticed that my neck is not as strong as I'd have thought. Felt like the wind might just rip my head off when I check my shoulder. All good though, I had a blast . And I'm still buzzing hours later!