Joe Poncho wrote:
Who would I be riding with? What fitness levels etc, etc? I wouldn't want to hold others back as I am ancient and decrepit!!! My bike isn't the best in the universe either. Bit like me, grumpy, old and knackered!!!
You sound like you'll fit right in!
I guess an average ride would be ten-fifteen miles, stopping at the top and bottom of every hill and (hopefully) for a pub lunch, so taking four or five hours. Not quite Olympian pace! Your bike needs to be off-road worthy (ie. not dangerous or falling apart) and you'll need a helmet, but it needn't be flash - for the last few rides I've either been on Muddy Fox that knocked me for all of £25 and a few spares out The Box, or a Mongoose that was well under a ton to build (admittedly thanks to some lovely karma).
I suppose the red route at Llandegla (sorry to swear) is good benchmark - if you can manage a lap before it goes dark you'll be okay! There are usually escape routes (shortcuts to the finish) built into rides too, for the predictably unpredictable.