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Old 08-02-07, 03:51 PM   #1
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When I'm 83 years old...

I hope I am still riding, much less riding 50-100 miles a day in hilly country around the Finger Lakes in New York. I did the week-long, Bon Ton Roulet event last week and the oldest rider was 83 years old! I'm 61 and it kicked my butt at times, so I'm in awe of the 83 year old man who did it all! He's a retired four-star general.
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I hope I am still riding, much less riding 50-100 miles a day in hilly country around the Finger Lakes in New York. I did the week-long, Bon Ton Roulet event last week and the oldest rider was 83 years old! I'm 61 and it kicked my butt at times, so I'm in awe of the 83 year old man who did it all! He's a retired four-star general.
What can us kids say?????
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I have ridden the AIDS/LifeCycle from SF to LA for the last three years. The oldest riders are 78, albeit I'm not sure they ride every mile. I plan on being one of those guys in a several years.
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I met a guy who is 92, WWII veteran, he rides an electric sccoter to get around, however, he is still very active, walk fast without difficulty, BS with the guys and chase women. Could it be the viagra? Not sure if he rides a bike though but I'll ask next time I see him.
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Yeah, met this 76 year old last week in Root River Trails, MN. He was on the last leg of a 135 mile/day bike ride.
I thought, well, I have 10 more years to go.
He had no spare fat on his body. Pedaled at about 15 MPH on the flats, Hybrid, upright position, solo, not much luggage. He looked relaxed.
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135 mile/day bike ride ... Pedaled at about 15 MPH on the flats, Hybrid, upright position, solo, not much luggage. He looked relaxed.
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John Sinabaldi biked until about 92. Google him and read a VERY interesting story.
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A few years ago I was out riding and latched onto a fast club paceline. After about 20 miles I knew I was going to be toast soon if I didn't back off. After mumbling something through my wheezing lungs about my age and the pace, one of the youngsters piped up "hell, look at (forgot name), he's taking it easy on us today and he's 76". I knew early on that this one rider was older than the rest, I thought he might have been late 50's, but 76 for crying out loud??

I went home and threw rocks at myself in the mirror.

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