Hey Brad, I plan on doing the 33 miler as well - haven't signed up yet. I've done it 2-3 times and usually start towards the front on my tri bike with no problems. I've even ended up crossing the finish line first a couple of times 'cause the faster/more serious riders usually do the 50-miler. It's nice to have that police escort all the way to the finish!
I haven't been riding much lately, but maybe we could ride together and I'll try to keep up with you... Got a 20 mile run the next day so I probably won't hammer too hard.
A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step... Confucius