I would love to join in on the off-road stuff in Wales.
I've just come back from Mtbing in Spain - bent frame, bent disc, fractured brake casing, bent rear mech and split tyre.
From a vegan point of view, the interest came on the day we had exhaust the lift-ups and now had to peddle. I'm not the greatest down hiller but was most fearing the climbs as I'm also not one to do a lot of training - perhaps I get out 3-4 hrs per week.
The morning climb was fairly small and I plodded away near the back keeping my own pace.
We had a pizza lunch, mine cheeseless of course. Now for the 2000m climb. Straight away I'm at the front. Our normal fastest climber make a valiant effort to catch me but he burns and I have a long lonely ride to the top.
There are 2 possibilities, 1, they tried to hard in the morning on the small climb, or cheese and hill climbing do not mix.
We went we these guys: http://www.ciclomontana.com
This other parties blog gives you a better taste of what it was like:
http://www.thebikinghub.com/mtb/mountai ... andalucia/
If anyones interested in a less demanding destination I'll be happy to guide around the Chilterns and give some accommodation.