If you haven’t guessed by now, I am a cyclist and I am over 40. So I read an article in “The Comic”, yes all you cyclists know what I mean, with a little bit of interest as it was telling me that there are 9 ways cycling changes once over 40.
Stating the bleeding obvious but yes the body does start to slow down a little bit but so what? Does that impair your ability to get out and ride a bike? Of course not.
It can be hard to find the time for a decent ride. A full working week, responsibilities of being a parent, the ever changing weather, can make it difficult but this is no different now from when I was younger. The demands on our time are ever growing so planning becomes more important.
Apparently, by the time we reach our 40’s we’ve got the bike we wished we had when aged 20? Bikes have of course moved on in the last 20 years and even those at the bottom end of the market might be considered better than those that were “top end” 20 years ago. This statement doesn’t apply to me as I only started riding properly 2 years ago. I have a decent bike but at the bottom end of a carbon range. It suits me and the cycling that I do. I know I will never be a professional or complete in races but it does the job that I ask of it, that is helping to propel this MAMIL around the countryside at whatever speed I can manage. It’s exercise, it’s good for me and the environment, that is the important part.
Tea stops become more attractive? Again, this has always been a part of cycling that I enjoy. I am not out to gain every KOM on every ride or smash my own average speed, some rides I will push and others it is more for the social side, the camaraderie on the road and friendships that can be built.
Once over 40 you spend more time thinking about what you are wearing on the bike. Is that so? Well nobody told me.
It takes longer to warm up and recover. Genius this one. A natural result of the ageing process perhaps. Who knew!!
And lastly, once in our 40’s we don’t remember what is new kit or old. We become a bit forgetful and months seem to slip by into years. Utter nonsense! Any keen cyclist will probably show more of an interest in their bike and kit, than say a new car. The bikes, after all we usually have more than one, become our pride and joy and are looked after meticulously.
So all in all, the article was a bit pointless, no doubt due to cycling news being thin on the ground as the racing season has only just started so they need some articles to fill pages.
The only paragraph that really caught my eye was the last one as it did make sense.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, cycling is still the best thing in the world. In fact, it’s possible that your love of pedalling has only increased as your years have advanced. Long may that continue“.