Riding and racing started at 34. Now 36. Bought a bike and raced it 2 weeks later. Got dropped within the first 2 miles on a climb and finished DFL. Almost won my 2nd race 6 weeks later... Racking up some top 10s. Still looking for my first podium.
As the title states. 16 years-old (Racing Age: 17)
Did you end up quitting and picking it back up later in life? Never totally quit but had some very lean training and racing years when my sons were born until they got a bit older -- about 7 years.
Did it hook you from the start? Obviously (see below)
How much have you improved? I haven't and I have. My current racing age is 57 (but I'm 56 years-old until September). I was a relatively good climber through my 20s. Look at the San Dimas results later this week to see how I climb now. I can hang and sometimes attack in criteriums now that would have had me blown out the back when I was in my 20s. I did my fastest 40 Km TT (by a lot) when I was 52.
Started cycling (other than the usual kid stuff) at 57. Did centuries and such until 61, when I bought my first license. Currently 62, RA is 63. It's good to be able to hurt like this again, even though results-wise I suck.
Improved a lot but still have a huge way to go. Racing sw4.
33: Started riding
41: First Race
Sometimes I wonder how I would have done had I started in my 20's, but then I remember the how awesome the drunken stupor of my 20's was and there's no way I'd trade that in for training. There's also no way I'd want to relive my 20's :) but I'm glad I did it.
First few years cycling was more of something to do in between runs, I really haven't done this full time until last year.
NEVER did any cycling untill last year June. 35 yrs odl now, never raced, but want-to-be racer :). Only 2,700 miles on my legs :)
Played soccer and rugby since highschool so that helped.
Riding: 31-33 then back at it at age 49
Centuries: 49, then Brevet's at 50
Still learning, still suck eggs, but I have some nice bikes now.
Of course, when I moved to Texas, I stopped drinking. I lived in a dry county, so I had to drive 30 minutes out of town to buy beer. And going to bars meant being surrounded by dozens of smokers. Even after just two beers, I'd wake up the next day feeling like crap because of all the smoke. After awhile, being able to get up on a Saturday morning and ride my bike took precedence over going out to the bars or making a trip to buy beer.
At what age did you start racing? 29 but it was more dabbling and my focus at the time was running 10Ks
Did you end up quitting and picking it back up later in life? Yes, I continued to cycle on and off and restarted racing in 2007 at age 57
Did it hook you from the start? The restart in 2007 did but it has also changed. I started out at road and now do track exclusively and focus on 500 m, pursuit, team sprint and team pursuit.
How much have you improved? I aged up this year to 65-69 and my 5 second and 1 minute power are at max and I have two back to back PRs in the 500 meters in February and March at Velo Sports Center. I am definitely stronger with more power than when I started at age 29 but to be fair, I have trained a lot with some great coaches. If I had trained right at 29, the result would probably be different.
I quit racing and mostly riding until 2010. I got back into racing and have done very well. I have been ranked as high as 9th in the country in my age group and category. That's better than when I was younger.
Currently: 30 (31 next month)
Learned to ride a bike: age 8ish maybe... ish
Started commuting: Undergrad, 2008, 23 years old
Rode with Stanford cycling and tri teams once in a blue moon: 2011-2012
Rode for fun solo and groups: 2013
Started racing: Late 2013, 28 years old
Loved it from when I started commuting, but never thought about riding just for fun or racing.
Thought of racing triathlon in 2012, but found out I sink like a rock.
Quit smoking by switching to ecigs to improve training. (2012)
Chose cycling over tri/running last year. Still swim twice a week. Lat run I did was the Spartan Beast before my first bike race.
Improvement... hard to say. Improved ftp from initial 303 to 325 since I started training at the end of last year. Improved max power from 1200 to 1400 in same time.