I didn't see this thread and just started posting away in others, I feel really rude now.
Anyway, I'm based in the UK and love all types of mountain biking, although as I start to get older I'm finding that it hurts more when I bail, and that it takes me longer to get up, so I'm pretty much sticking to XC and shying away from DH. My fiancee has recently taking up the sport as well so she's a calming influence when we're on the trail together.
Hi I am from the U.K. as well Manchester. You state about getting older yet mention your fiance tells me you are probably not so old. I am 52 and do Mountain biking and I have got quite good at it. Normally I do the Flintshire challenge each year. I also do Audax events.When I cant turn pedals any more thats when ill stop. Hope I have inspired you.