I've been mountain biking for almost a year now. When i started i was really unfit and had very little skill at all. To be honest I was always unfit through school, always one of the last to complete 1500m run which felt at the time like it could nearly kill me.
I now ride quite a bit, 9 miles on road each way to work most days of the week. Most weekends we organise a ride out to a trail centre or day out on bridleways in the dales/moors etc. The rides are usually 20-30 miles long with a fair amount of climbing.
Since starting, my fitness level is much better than it was previously. It takes me under 30 minutes to get to work, today was the first time I had strava'd my commute and I was averaging around 20mph on my hardtail (with slicks and SPDs), I actually came 11th out of 84 over a 6 mile segment which was a surprise with all the roadies i see riding it. The shorter segments i was a bit further down the leaderboard but still surprised i was in the top 15% mostly. I assume some will speed up for the segments, i was just trying to pace myself for the full ride. I know this is not an accurate representation of how fast I am...
I'm wanting to know whether I can race. Now i know that I will be miles off the times of the top guys, but i wouldn't mind seeing how my fitness compares and how I can improve.
So what XC racing is available in the North East? Do they have a class for less competative people wanting to just enjoy it? How long are races generally, i think i would prefer shorter ones rather than trying to pace myself over a few hours, but i suppose I could have something to train towards.