Is this your view every time you ride?
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “If you want to ride faster, ride with fast people.” Ya that’s sorta true, but dude, that’s a ton of work! So my solution, find SLOW people to ride with. That way you’ll be the faster one of the group! You can usually find newbies who are first starting out in the sport at a local trail head. Just tag along with them and you instantly will be the faster, if not the FASTEST rider in the group. Check out how The Moe uses this technique. Notice he’s around some slower riders…yes slower than The Moe. But look how fast he is compared to them!
So forget riding with faster people to get faster, too much work! Just find slower people to ride with, so much easier. Try it out, I guarantee you’ll be the fastest in your next group ride.