Thanks to the organisers and the guides who did an amazing job, it was great that they also imparted their knowledge of the climbs and some of the tricky descents before hand which made the ride flow a lot easier for us noobs.
I would go as far as to say this is the best days riding i have had on the mountain bike not only were we blessed with great weather, there was such amazing scenery (i feel rather ashamed that the peaks are about 1 hour drive from my house yet this is the first time i have ridden them on a MTB). The ascents were challenging and certainly warmed you up and the descents were varied from technical to fast.
Also what a great set of guys, this was my first retro ride (although i recognised a few faces from Mayhem) it could have easily been my tenth as everyone is very friendly and talkative and it is as though we have all known each other for ages. I am definitely looking forward to many more retro rides although i will probably miss mynd as our second child is due about 2 days later