if you want to measure how strong you are, you cannot do it in a group ride.
join a RACE to benchmark yourself on how strong you are currently and do a personal assessment based on your race performance what are the things needed for improvement.
just riding together in a group won't give you a definite answer or results, unless you ride together with people who always join races and are performing good. also the atmosphere of a group ride cannot immitate the race atmosphere where everyone was prepared and in good shape.
based on experience ive said to myself before when i was a beginner that im quite strong but on my first ever mtb race ive seen what "Stong" really mean. eventhough ive placed third place on the beginners category, i was far behind the first 2 racers. cannot even follow them on the steep climbs
nah.. sukad nag sige na ko uban nila Andy, maka sulti ko layu pa kaayu ko'g agian pero nindut na kusgan imu kauban sa group since you'd learn from them, instead of being a big frog in a small pond, mas maayu being a small frog in a big lake.. meaning always give yourself ample allowance to grow as a cyclist..
yeah and sakto si boss elasticity and si Andy, race race race.. kay maka-adik... and maka-pugos nimu mu train harder and better.. hehehe.. kulba ko sa ako first road race sa Danao... after ana.. nagpangita na ug lumba.. bahalag ma-awahi.. hehehe