There will be all types on the ride, including those who will take off at the crack of dawn chasing fictitious line honours of being first at the next camp site (I heard one boast of getting in before 10am).
Others take off at the crack of dawn and idle into camp at 4pm.
Me, I am slow to get up and get going. Then go like the clappers to make sure I don't miss the first drink stop closing!
My cadence is always around 90 to 100, but I find it nearly impossible to go slow. If I don't get my heart rate up and the endorphins flowing I feel awful and would rather not bother. I am a go out hard and hang on for the finish kind of guy.
My wife fits into the take it easy category. However leaving her in a cloud of dust will get me on every page of the bad book.
Hopefully we can bring peace through some handicapping:
She has a nice new road bike and I am riding my old full suspension MTB.
I will carry any provisions and she carries nothing (but fluids).
She takes her time up the hills, I see how many times I can lap her doing hill repeats.
She can draft behind me, I won't draft behind anyone.
She sees the ride as the culmination of all the training, I see it as an opportunity to train for a whole week.
We will see how it goes. If you see a guy sleeping out in the open while cuddled up to an MTB, you can assume that the compromise has not worked.
But then I have always said that a compromise is a way to make sure that no-one gets what they want