daj, I stopped riding in 95, back then I raced and was quite fit.
Got overweight over the years, so at beginning of this year began riding again. Slowly losing weight and getting fitter, but know there's a way to go yet. Also been out of touch with all things cycling, so assume things have changed, as in the wearing of helmets etc (less common in 95).
As I'm new to the forum I have no idea of the pace of these rides.
Think I'll wait till next year so I don't embarrass myself
I went on my first RB ride in the Peaks in '08, hardly touched a bike in years, 2-3 stone overweight etc etc. I managed (most!) of it - and came back for more! This was the catalyst to getting back to fitness again - and lose those extra pounds (many of them). That ride was HARD and HILLY and ROCKY. FoD will most likely be a much more gentle experience and we wait for people. Some even stop to have a fag. Go on, go on, go on, go on. Give it a try - you'll like it. If you don't go and then look at all the people enjoying themselves in the aftermath thread you'll regret it!
BTW, helmets aren't compulsory but sensible off road at least. This is one area when 'Retro' isn't necessarily the favoured option. How much to you value your brains at? Any helmet is cheap in comparison.
Today is the yesterday of tomorrow.