Give a faceless company your money to ride on the Queen's highways
Ghetto-sportives.. it's the future. Ride local sportives for free by follwing the signs, ignoring food stops and having some sport with the wheel-suckers and think-it's-a-racers : )
after 2 hours your bonking. Thats pretty dire TBH
Not really, it's all dependant on pace. I can ride 2 hours or so at a brisk pace happily on an empty stomach (pre-breakfast) and w/o food. Or, I can ride hard for under 3 hours having eaten before and still be totally empty at the end if I don't eat during the ride (ie before 1 1/2-2 hrs in). I'm no cat 1, but certainly not slow or unused to long rides (not meant as 'hey I'm so fast, me', just a reference to fitness to put the difference between pace/food needs on 2-3hr rides in context)
I've heard you can only store so much energy as glycogen in your muscles and most fit riders can use it up in about 2-3 hours of hard riding, where 'hard' is relative to your fitness not an absolute. After that you're on fat reserves and that won't keep you going fast for long.