“As it turned out, the cyclists did not show their age. On almost all measures, their physical functioning remained fairly stable across the decades and was much closer to that of young adults than of people their age. As a group, even the oldest cyclists had younger people’s levels of balance, reflexes, metabolic health and memory ability.”
BTW the test they used for fitness was 100K in 6.5 hours, i.e., same as a Populaire, for the men. But only 50K for women (with the same time). Guess they come from some place other than here.
Just to be clear, my current priority is to just get to 70…
If there’s a bike there, that will be a bonus.
Two Barbs and Earl (PMTCC members) have combined age above 220. :) They rode “Tour de Red Bell” without problem and latter S18th, Virginia, Grand View (the one I’ve marked for participants of “Bicycle Conference” :)). You have all chances.
My friend and colleague Walter Goldberg, who is an emeritus professor of Physics at Pitt, commuted to Pitt from Squirrel Hill regularly into his early 90s. He did not go all that quickly up Schenley Drive, but up he went. I believe he stopped riding a year or two ago.
The prospect of slowing down so dramatically is not at all appealing. If it were to happen to me today it would drive me nuts and I’d probably give up and ride the bus.
But, unless I become roadkill I do anticipate my speed will tail of slowly over a long time, and then more quickly as I go from kinda old to really old… whatever really old happens to mean given my genome.
And I hope by then I will have the maturity I lack now about not being kinda a little bit fast (at least given the crap bikes I ride out of habit and that form the basis of my excuse making when I’m passed by someone truly fast (like StefB)).