I’ve spent nights under the stars in every clime and place. I’ve left a sleeping bag at home more than once and ALWAYS regretted it. The applicable adage in this case is “Travel light, freeze at night.” I’ll be taking a flat sheet and a military surplus poncho liner.
David is spot on! Most of the organized rides I go on are staffed by volunteers who are NOT cyclist. They really have no idea what they are getting into and do their best to follow instructions they don’t fully understand/appreciate.
I can’t thank the volunteers enough for contributing to my recreation.