Road Cycling “It 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.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Pearls of Wisdom

Old 07-10-09, 11:57 AM
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Pearls of Wisdom

At mile 19 of my 41 miler this morning, I'm passed by two other cyclists, PCad types, older, grizzled but not riding Cervelos. I decide to catch up to them just to stay behind their wheels for a few minutes to recuperate. I did ask if this was OK, and they didn't mind. As I was going to turn off, one of them suggests that I follow them around some of the back roads with lighter traffic than the main road to loop around back to where I first met up with them. I said sure. Introductions are made, pleasantries exchanged. At some point, the topic of age comes up. One of them asks me how old I think he is. Now, judging from the physique, I guessing they're in their late 40's early 50's. One of them had a gray beard, but I wouldn't think older than 55. I guess 45. Turns out he (Rob) was 71. His friend (Don) was 70. And he's fast. I'm barely keeping up with them and as soon as they revealed their age, I almost got off the bike, left it lying in the middle of the road and started walking. (I'm 35, half, HALF, their age.) He's been riding since about 1952 and was a competitive racer. Rob started riding about 30 years ago and for his 70th birthday, his wife bought him a Madone 5.2. Don was riding an older Trek, mid 90's with down tube shifters. I rode with them for about 10 miles and learned a lot.

The point: ride your bikes, boys and girls, for your health and because you like it. All the rest of it is pointless drivel. (Yes, yes, like this post.)
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Old 07-10-09, 12:15 PM
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amen
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Old 07-10-09, 12:19 PM
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What is there to discuss on the interwebs other than pointless drivel?

I know a lot of wicked fast older guys, that's for sure.
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Old 07-10-09, 12:29 PM
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Cycling does not discriminate against age nearly as much as other sports.
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Old 07-10-09, 12:44 PM
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I don't know many slow older cyclists. Don't even know if they exist....

....wait....almost forgot about the Santa fan recumbent types....nvrmnd.
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Old 07-10-09, 04:10 PM
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slow ones hang up their cycling shoes when they get old. fast ones are the only ones left on the road.
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I hope I'm one of those guys some day.
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