I've not been on this event it but it's my neck of the woods so I have ridden quite a few of the roads involved.
It won't be an easy ride. Whether you'd call it hard depend on fitness and what kind of terrain you're used to. In my opinion the short route would be a good challenge for most average riders. The long route would be hard as you've got the long drag up the Long Mountain to start, plenty of short sharp climbs in the middle, then up the Burway onto the Long Mynd followed by the similarly steep climb up and over the Stiperstones near to the end. It does finish with a good long descent into Minsterley though.
Sorry I havent revisited this thread, I'd say I'm above average fitness.....I'm booked on with a few others, a report will follow and hoping for good weather.....gets me out of a thrashing on Sennybridge.
Well, I'm in work and just remaining awake......hard is my review, especially with poor prep in all areas.
The last 10 miles consisted of that huge climb out of Church Stretton then a long dangerous desent(due to gravel) and then a sharp 20% with about 5 mile to go....a friend and I went and met two guys who are much higher up the food chain in work than us, to be met with "oh 80...we've booked onto the short)....ARSE!!!!!