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Originally Posted by friday1970 View Post
I ride with the Detroit Randonneurs for some of their "shorter" rides. It's amazing how these guys that are 20+ years older than me are able to put up such quick paces and keep it there for 120+ miles. Many of them in the upper 50's and in their 60's. I'm no where near their level, and probably never will be.
Most recreational riders are operating so far below their athletic potential, that age is not much of a factor until quite late in life. Injuries and disease aside, sustaining speed and endurance levels through your 50's is not really remarkable. Endurance events like randonneuring are so much mental, that age even has its benefits.

The notion that people in their 50's and 60's and beyond are unathletic comes from observing the vast majority of people - who have been sedentary for 50 and 60 years.
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