I'm a University of South Carolina Gamecock here in the heart of large orange world (University of Tennessee), and I've been here for about 20 years. I'm 57 years old, have bicycled for as long as I can remember, and am returning to bicycling after an 11 year hiatus. I attempted the Assault on Mt. Mitchell 11 times and completed it 9 times (mid 80s to mid 90s). A 16 day trip to Russia a couple of weeks prior to the event defeated me and rain, snow and sleet defeated me once. I have done the Bridge to Bridge, and Greenville (SC) to Myrtle Beach several times. I purchased a Trek 7.2 about a month ago, and have about 300 miles on it. The "urban" style is a comfortable consession to my age, and if I never straddle a ride with a set of 100 PSI tires again, it will be too soon.

I had some chest "discomfort" on March 2, 2009, and have since tried to get back into my 1997 shape. The bike is part of my cardiac rehab. My heart has been adjudged healthy enough for vigorous exercise, but my doc suggested a "Berkeley Blood Test." I have since learned more than I thought I wanted to know about, and about all the permutations of cholesterol particles. The test is pricey, but it got my attention. My recommendation to all you "old guys" (like me), go get one.