Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Anyone participated in Senior Olympics?

Notices
Road Cycling ďIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

Anyone participated in Senior Olympics?

Old 04-17-24, 06:43 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 775

Bikes: Lynskey R230, Trek 5200, 1975 Raleigh Pro, 1973 Falcon ,Trek T50 Tandem and a 1968 Paramount in progress.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 388 Post(s)
Liked 405 Times in 240 Posts
Anyone participated in Senior Olympics?

My last race was circa 1978, a 20 mile time trial.

But today I get an announcement for the Ohio Senior Olympic Games, only about an hour from me and I am thinking about giving it a go. 5K, 10K individual time trials and a 25k road race.

Anyone done these? I am an ok 68 year old, decent club rider with no aspirations of winning anything, but looking for a fun new challenge. Good experience?
bblair is offline  
Old 04-17-24, 09:06 AM
  #2  
Sr Member on Sr bikes
 
_ForceD_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Rhode Island (sometimes in SE Florida)
Posts: 2,344

Bikes: Several...from old junk to new all-carbon.

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1032 Post(s)
Liked 800 Times in 425 Posts
I did it once, right after I turned 50, the minimum age in Rhode Island (Iím 63 now). Unless things have changed, I doubt Iíll be doing it again. I signed up for the cycling event. I donít want to badmouth anyone for getting out and doing physical activity, but there really wasnít any competition on par with what I was expecting. Everyone else who showed up to ride were in street clothes, and riding fat wheel off-road bikes, commuters, or beach cruisers. It was a road race, and I was the only person on a road bike. Needless to say I rode the whole thing by myself, out front, at a pace that wasnít really competitive. FYI, similar experience with the footrace 5k.

Dan
_ForceD_ is offline  
Old 04-17-24, 12:04 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 775

Bikes: Lynskey R230, Trek 5200, 1975 Raleigh Pro, 1973 Falcon ,Trek T50 Tandem and a 1968 Paramount in progress.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 388 Post(s)
Liked 405 Times in 240 Posts
Originally Posted by _ForceD_
I did it once, right after I turned 50, the minimum age in Rhode Island (Iím 63 now). Unless things have changed, I doubt Iíll be doing it again. I signed up for the cycling event. I donít want to badmouth anyone for getting out and doing physical activity, but there really wasnít any competition on par with what I was expecting. Everyone else who showed up to ride were in street clothes, and riding fat wheel off-road bikes, commuters, or beach cruisers. It was a road race, and I was the only person on a road bike. Needless to say I rode the whole thing by myself, out front, at a pace that wasnít really competitive. FYI, similar experience with the footrace 5k.

Dan
I helped marshall a course once, many years ago and it was as you described. But I have also looked at some results and old guys were riding way faster than I could have 20 years ago.

I guess it varies a lot.
bblair is offline  
Old 04-17-24, 07:05 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: North Florida
Posts: 521

Bikes: 2019 Specialized Diverge, 2021 Cervelo Caledonia

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 260 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 379 Times in 198 Posts
I've done this several times. Where I am, they only have the 5k and 10k time trials. No road race, but I would enter if they did. There were many serious riders with nice bikes, so it was competitive (although for a time trial, I'm not sure that's important). I enjoyed the event and would do it again as long as I don't have a conflict. (Sometimes it has been held on days when I had to be out of town.)
Random11 is offline  
Old 04-17-24, 08:06 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 2,015
Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2730 Post(s)
Liked 488 Times in 353 Posts
lol I would expect the competition to be fierce for the senior olympics bike races. Itís almost a meme, the retired guy who just spends all day riding bikes, maybe has not the greatest family life, buys all the best gear and takes it super seriously. This guy Iím describing is usually wicked fast, would be training for the senior olympics etc etc
LarrySellerz is offline  
Old 04-17-24, 08:27 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 25,432
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8366 Post(s)
Liked 9,217 Times in 4,541 Posts
Some members have gone to the Huntsman Senior Games and said they had a great time. 2 of my friends have gone multiple times and intend to go back. Age group racing with skill levels within the age groups.
Huntsman World Senior Games | Schedules
big john is offline  
Old 04-17-24, 09:44 PM
  #7  
Full Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2024
Location: San Diego
Posts: 380

Bikes: Paramount Track Bike, Colnago Super, Santana Tandems (1995 & 2007), Gary Fisher Piranha, Trek Wahoo, Bianchi Track Bike, a couple of Honda mountain bikes

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 183 Post(s)
Liked 109 Times in 77 Posts
Originally Posted by big john
Some members have gone to the Huntsman Senior Games and said they had a great time. 2 of my friends have gone multiple times and intend to go back. Age group racing with skill levels within the age groups.
Huntsman World Senior Games | Schedules
Located in St. George? That could be a fun excursion!
__________________
Cheers, Mike
PromptCritical is offline  
Old 04-17-24, 10:00 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 25,432
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8366 Post(s)
Liked 9,217 Times in 4,541 Posts
Originally Posted by PromptCritical
Located in St. George? That could be a fun excursion!
Yes. They have all kinds of games, there is a schedule on that page. My one friend did the crit, the road race, the TT, and the hill climb. Said it's very competitive.
big john is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.