Over the years at Motorcyclist, we've typically had rookies ride at the back of the pack-though not before posting an experienced sweep rider at the very back (and rotating others through this position so it doesn't become tedious). We've also prepped rookies with what we call The Talk before heading out. We stress the absolute need to ride smart, in control and not over one's head, and to remember that if they crash and no one ahead sees it happen, they may lie there for a long time before help comes-not a good sitch if you're bleeding or have other internal injuries. Obviously, it's a good idea to have at least one cell phone in the group in case someone gets hurt. We also make sure those out front stop at regular intervals, or when the route changes, so those behind can catch up and not feel rushed or lost.