We decided that the Mournes would be a pretty good spot to pick especially as we knew the area quite well, so we picked the Mourne Mountains 2 advanced mtb guided route which we offer to clients through SummitMoutainBiking - 60km distance and 1km of vertical climbing, not quite up to Breck Epic standards but a start nonetheless.
Conor had his Garmin GPS with him so a full route map can be seen on the Garmin website
So how'd it go? Well we were out for a good 5 hours, with an hour of so stopping time for food/water/punctures etc. The pace was steady rather than marathon race pace and the climb up Leitrim Lodge (on average 11% slope) was pretty tough but the ride over the mountain reminded us of what a great landscape the mournes are. I had done a couple of TT race efforts the day before in order to measure my training levels so I admit that I was feeling a bit more fatigued than I would have hoped for such a relaxed ride. Long distance off road riding is definitetly more energy sapping than on road so the lesson for the day - bring more food!