I suspect we've all had "age related" cycling moments out on the road. One of my many moments happened last October. I was doing a group ride and was probably in the best cycling shape I've ever been in. I done lots of centuries, set 3 new PR's in time trials and had ridden about 4000 miles for the year up to that point. The ride that day was a 50/100 mile charity event that a good number of riders showed up for. I had stayed with the front group for about 30 miles before I got dropped. I picked up another fellow and wound up pulling him for at least 10 miles. He had some story about doing all these crits, races etc and just didn't think he could even get back in by himself so did he mind if he rode on my wheel. I said sure and tried to ride like he wasn't there and just tried to do my usual solo ride with the hopes another group would come along we could jump in with.
At about the 40 mile mark there was a long climb and I decided to go ahead and push a little harder and the fellow on my wheel dropped off. As luck would have it another rider came along with someone on his wheel and the fellow in front looked strong and pretty fresh. He got a pretty good distance ahead of me so I set off chasing. I finally caught him but it was all I could do to stay with with him-it was obvious he was a good bit stronger than I was. I felt a surge though as I was able to chase him down and hang with him for a while. He turned around and said H-i-i-i, m-y n-a-m-e i-s G-e-n-e, in a real Southern drawl. I got to talking to him and it turns out this guy is just shy of 70-almost 20 years older than me. He had gotten there late for the mass start and was just trying to catch up with some others. I rode with him for several miles before he politely said "See you up the road" and took off!
Since then I've seen Gene out on some other rides and this guy is a legend. I just wish I had some of Gene's genes!!!
Got any moments you'd like to share?