The way a 60-Year-Old Grew to become a Lean, Mean, Cycling Machine

 

70-Year-Old Man Travels the World by Bicycle Who Is Kevin Burrett?

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How To Start Cycling Over 50 (Or At Any Age)

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*DOWNLOAD* Age is Relative: A Spin® Workout for Older Adults (Preview)

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Cycling Over 50: (How To Slow Down The Ageing Process.)

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How Much Does Age Affect Your Cycling Performance and What Can You Do About It?

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Your Healthy Family Special Edition: 60-year old cyclist back on bike after heart attack

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Too Old To Cycle?

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How a 60-Year-Old Became a Lean, Mean, Cycling Machine. It was really just a routine doctor’s visit for Gary Miller three years ago, but the news took him totally by surprise: He was officially in the overweight category, had high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic. At 57 years old, it was all reason for Miller to worry, but the last diagnosis concerned him the most as he thought of a cousin. Five tips for becoming a lean mean athletic machine.

Matt Fitzgerald; Although you might not have the genetic potential to become as lean as Ali or Bowden (without compromising your health), you can achieve your own personal optimal body composition by modifying your training and diet appropriately. All activities Cycling Duathlon. Carb Cycling – become a lean mean, fat burning machine! By ciki on October 24, 2014 in Dailys, Eating Right, Training Diet With all those high protein diet fads out here, it’s no wonder that Carbohydrates have gotten some serious flak. Turn Your Bike Into a Lean, Mean, Small-Home-Storage-Friendly Machine.

The Schindelhauer ThinBike–a specially designed bike that goes from conventional width into a super-slim, small-space-storage-friendly ride–is pretty awesome. But after we reviewed the bike, many of. 4) Overall Cycle Time: The complete time it takes to produce a single unit. This term is generally used when speaking of a single machine or process.

5) Total Cycle Time: This includes all machines, processes, and classes of cycle time through which a product must pass to become a finished product. Machine cycle time is important because it defines the capacity of a machine. Automatic machine cycle time enables a more productive operator. As an example, an operator may start a machine and have to perform a few tasks for two minutes while the machine is processing a part, but can then walk away for the last three minutes of the machine’s.

Unique Spring motion allows the rider to lean side to side, replicating natural cycling movements for a more authentic cycle experience For those that want to use the bike as a static bike, the spring-motion can be disabled, giving you the flexibility to train to your own requirements. When purchasing the cycling machines, there are many things you should put into consideration giving you a hard time choosing a machine you would want to get for your work out. The above types of cycling machines are worth the purchase. You won’t regret even a penny of what you spend to purchase any of the machines.

Now that we understand the principles of Lean thinking, we can look at how three of the main Lean methodologies—the Deming Cycle, Six Sigma, and Kanban—approach project management. They all follow a disciplined approach to project management, stress optimization of the value stream, and map the value stream in its current state. My brother sent me over a video last week that I felt compelled to share with you. Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr. is a 70-year-old natural bodybuilder who started working out when he as 44 years old.

The muscular physique and strength he has achieved is awe-inspiring (he deadlifts 405 pounds at a body weight of 176 pounds). I think we all can learn a lot from Sonny’s philosophy on aging and more.

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Exercise was a big part of his life, especially cycling on a ten-speed bike.

“Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health” by Andrew Weil
from Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health
by Andrew Weil
Houghton Mifflin, 2004

The Boston Globe described the twenty-three-year-old racer as a strong, supple, handsome man, weighing one hundred and sixty pounds, and riding a fifty-four-inchhigh bicycle called an Apollo.

“The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero” by Michael Kranish
from The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero
by Michael Kranish
Scribner, 2019

He served as the volunteer Connecticut state cycling representative granting amateur licenses and offering advice on training, equipment, and diet when people asked.

“Hearts of Lions: The History of American Bicycle Racing” by Peter Joffre Nye, Eric Heiden
from Hearts of Lions: The History of American Bicycle Racing
by Peter Joffre Nye, Eric Heiden
Nebraska, 2020

As he had seen happen with several of the athletes he’d been coaching, cycling was losing its appeal because his efforts weren’t being rewarded with fun, powerful, and affirming experiences on the bike.

“The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week, 3rd Ed.” by Chris Carmichael, Jim Rutberg
from The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week, 3rd Ed.
by Chris Carmichael, Jim Rutberg
VeloPress, 2017

He was what cycling needed then: a breath of clean air.

“Inside Team Sky” by David Walsh
from Inside Team Sky
by David Walsh
Simon & Schuster UK, 2014

It became apparent to me that he was suited for good high quality aerobic work for both running and cycling but had to be very careful with anything even slightly harder.

“Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard” by Keith Livingstone
from Healthy Intelligent Training: The Proven Principles of Arthur Lydiard
by Keith Livingstone
Meyer & Meyer Sport, 2010

Those simple rides turned into a love affair with cycling that led him to study the one subject that could improve his riding—exercise physiology.

“Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes” by Biju K. Thomas, Allen Lim, PhD, Taylor Phinney, Tim Johnson
from Feed Zone Portables: A Cookbook of On-the-Go Food for Athletes
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VeloPress, 2013

In his prime he liked to experiment and precisely measure everything in training, from calories consumed to wind drag over clothing to power with different bike designs.

“The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes” by Joe Friel
from The Power Meter Handbook: A User’s Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes
by Joe Friel
VeloPress, 2012

He smiled, obviously with no ulterior motive, talked about traffic lights, traffic jams, all the cars that in those days hadn’t existed; by car— he’d already tried it out—it took him thirty-five minutes to get to his office, by bicycle only thirty minutes.

“The Stories of Heinrich Böll” by Heinrich Böll, Leila Vennewitz
from The Stories of Heinrich Böll
by Heinrich Böll, Leila Vennewitz
Northwestern University Press, 1995

In that 2014 study, the team found that the cyclists had reflexes, memory function, balance, and general metabolic health more similar to 30-year-olds than to sedentary older people.

“Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging” by Judy Foreman
from Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging
by Judy Foreman
Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2020

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  • Kevin is 70? I’ve always assumed that his age was perhaps only a little bit north of mine, apparently I was wrong by just about two decades! I’m currently weaning myself from caffeine to decaff, and/or from coffee to maté, but perhaps I should stick to coffee and have a strong one every day at 11am, it looks like it’s working for Kevin.

  • i am like kevin from from the southern hemisphere and not as old as he,i am knocking on 60 did a cycle tour and broke a toe and still had 2000 km to go until the end,i laugh about getting lost 20 km because i was enjoying myself too much and forgot about the pain,at the end of my tour,i messed up with my bus ticket to get back home (the bus i booked could not take bicycles ),and the only way i could be back home was cycle another 800 km,the young lady behind the counter was amazed when i said “cancel my ticket and cycle to my connecting bus” we never too old to learn new thing,and i never say “at my age i should of known better ” because we will never leave the house

  • I’m 68 and still hitting it hard. The only significant issue for me seems to be with balance, or at the very least an insecurity with balance that causes me to slow down or stop in tough turns and such. Any thoughts?

  • This makes it even more amazing that Ned Overend won the Mt Hamilton Hill Challenge at 56 years old!
    He was competing against the top cyclists in the world, regardless of age.

  • Hi all, just turned 55 and started cycling a couple of weeks ago. Just done a 13.5 mile ride today with the family ( very hot day). Legs are a bit tired but damn it’s good fun! Keep going everyone ��

  • I’m 57. I’m a cycle messenger in London. I ride for at least ten hours a day. I eat exactly what I like and never put on weight. So there. All you have to do is put up with being poor and you can be slim as you like.

  • I’m still 38..
    But cardio is very important to me..
    So i ride my roadbike everyday, to maintain a healthy life & good cardio..
    Everyday i rode 1 hour, with approximate speed 20-30 kph, cycling approximate 25 km per day, 150 km per week, 7500 km per year..
    And it makes my body fit & always in good health..
    Exercise is important, have at least 30 minutes a day, to do exercise..
    It helps our health & fitness a lot..

  • Never too old to cycle as long as you build yourself up gradually. I suppose I have an unfair advantage because I’ve been riding and racing since 15 but now at 67 I will admit training and especially recovery is a lot harder, but I can still mix it with the best of them especially on the hills being a bit of a whippet. I’m a ride leader and we have all ages, our oldest being 84 who could barely ride a mile but with time and encouragement he now does 25 to 30 mile rides with ease. Thanks for another great video ��

  • When someone asks me how old I am, it takes me a moment to answer. Why? I purposely try NOT to remember my age. STOP thinking of your age as a barrier that people tell you that you can or can’t do something. Your age has NOTHING to do with how fit you are and what you can and can’t do. How you have treated your body over your lifetime does. But, if you are out of shape, then start today getting back in shape…no matter how old you are…or are not. Lol

  • I’m 58 and just took up cycling again after a nearly 30 year layoff. I can tell the difference however, I am making gains. My biggest issue is the pain in my knees but I believe that too will improve over time. No reason for an older person to not cycle.

  • Was keen to add cycling to swimming and jogging… at 53, I looked in the mirror and said ” what the heck? Thank you Leonard for putting things in perspective! Look forward to putting in those kilometres now. Thanks very much.

  • I’ve been riding on and off since the age of 19. I’m 56 now. 2 months ago I was in the BEST cardio vascular shape of my life. The winter has slowed me down…I don’t like stationary trainers. I’m gonna force it’s soon. The mental edge and the confidence I get are amazing.

  • Good video. I am 63 and have been riding since I was a kid primarily to try and keep my weight under control. Currently I do an easy 24 miles 4 5 times a week which keeps me from going insane during these crazy times. In the US you have to be very careful where, when and how you ride especially as you age and the consequences of an accident become more severe. Stay on back streets if you can and do not give drivers any additional reason to hate you like riding double in traffic. I have ridden all over the US and most drivers are pretty decent but always there are certain drivers who hate you for existing or because you inconvenience them. You have to assume every driver could be that person and ride like you have no rights on the road because they won’t recognize any rights you think you have. They will pass within 6 inch’s while oncoming cars are in the other lane and cut you off at any intersection they can beat you to. Some will swear at you and tell you to get off the road. The point is do your best not to impact drivers any more then you have to in order to ride safe. Pick your times and routes carefully and try to ignore any abuse they give you since a bike never wins over a car. I often fail on the ignore abuse item but you should try anyway as it will keep you safer. Most drivers are decent and some will even go to far out of their way to avoid you causing traffic flow issues but you will meet the others.

  • It helped me with my depression issues. I’ve had lack of serotonin. No medicals (Velafax) were so effective like driving gravel bike along the Sana river, (Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina). Saved me from suicide, literally. Believe me, guys.

  • Hi Dylan, inspiring informative and science based well done. Checked CTS website but couldn’t see you in the list of coaches. Probably you are busy and the others need a push hahaha. Cheers, Werner

  • Great video! 65 here. Been riding for years. I’m not particularly fast 12-14 mph, one of those “I’ll get there when I get there” riders. In my defense sometimes I stop and take a lot of pics. But there’s nothing better than getting on my bike and heading out.

  • I am 50 too. When I am tempted to eat something unhealthy I tell my self what do you enjoy the most the chocolate bar (cake or biscuits or whatever) or being able to ride your bike easily up hills. I choose the latter… I have basically cut out all of the junk and the beer too. Want a fizzy drink..then that will be a mineral water then. All that coupled with regular riding has had a massive boost to my fitness. No need to diet I eat every meal the wife cooks.. I just cut out everything in between. Maybe that is a diet but it doesn’t feel like one….

  • I know this is an old vid but I’m just getting into this whole bike thing again. I just turned 50 and in the last year have lost 70+ pounds. Still at 245 I am now actually able to be active again. Long story short I’m buying my first bike since my teens and this vid is a real kick in the seat to get on with it. All that to say this, thanks for the inspiration and confirmation that I’m not completely out of my mind lol

  • Hey I am 47 and there is another dimension of cycling I like apart from being fit, it is the ‘scouting’ as I call it. The narrow back road that you never take with your car because is too narrow, the bike route that goes around that hill( and yes, I walk by my bike on parts of it). You get a sense of your surrounding area that is nice, to say the least.

  • Good on you Leonard for busting some myths. Humans are a strange species. Along with advent of ‘consciousness’ has come so much nonsense in the form of endless notions, beliefs, attitudes, traditions, misconceptions. Some examples include…you need to eat 3 square meals a day, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you need to eat other animals and their by-products to form a ‘balanced diet’, and the concept of ‘old’. I am(almost)a 58 year old vegan, have been eating plant-based (and anti-inflammatory) now for nearly a decade(vegetarian before that), I aim to ride everyday time permitting(if wet I do spin sessions with the GCN boys from Bath and my 55year old vegan wife). After decades of road and triathlon racing, I ‘discovered’ and now addicted to bikepacking(my wife and I have just returned from a 4 day multi-day local adventure and now planning a 16day bikepacking adventure of NZ’s South Island in March). My advice if you are in your advanced years and a cyclist newbie…firstly see your GP for a thorough health check up, if not plant based, and your diet is not ideal, use cycling as a catalyst for improving your diet, and start off slowly and build up your mileage and before you know it, you’ll find yourself addicted, and longing for your next hit of endorphins!! PS: I have blood tests with may local GP every 6mths so generally know how my blood profile is at any given time.

  • Are you riding much Leonardmlee?

    I’m 56 female and just quit my sit down job in an office, i was sick all the time and getting fatter and fatter…
    I put on 12kgs in 1.5 years.
    Now I have a job where i move and have started riding again to lose the weight and get healthy, didn’t have time before cause i was working/ travelling over 70 hours a week.
    I love the rides i’m doing but the hardest part is walking out the door and getting on my bike. ��

  • Excellent info. At 77 I’ve always been involved in some form of activity. I still cycle and have e-assist bicycles so I can continue to cycle even with poor knees and back.

  • I remember competing in my first time trial years ago. One of the competitors was 88 years old! He was a little hunched and walked slow off the bike but once he got on he was smooth and steady. He’s been my inspiration more than any TdF star since.

  • Out of all the sports, cycling is the best for an aging athlete. I see guys 20 years older than me still giving me the work. It’s a great sport with many benefits. Nothing better than a long ride.

  • I am 66, I ride about a 100 miles a week all year long in Michigan. I ride fixed gear brakeless about 90 percent of the time I am 5′ 9″ 150 pounds

  • Ha ha, I’m 70, ride 3000+ miles a year last 6 years. Not so fast anymore but still kicking ass around town. Never stop riding bikes

  • Youngster should not get to hog the fun. I’m 70. Have ridden well over 600 consecutive days. Over 25 k. After a broken back I couldn’t wait to ride. The Dr. said no way will you ride, maybe not even walk. Bull shit. Desire is powerful medicine. Ride on people. It keeps you

  • Please just not wear tiny elastic shorts. This is very disgusting to seen this on older fat man…. I am middle age fat man. So I know what I am talking about. My mirror is my judge. It is terrible…..

  • Acquire a bicycle, fit it with a water bottle holder and a full bottle of water.

    Ride your bicycle, stopping to drink some water, which will happen more frequently until you’ve reached a reasonable level of cycling fitness.

    Enjoy.

  • Bullshit I’m 50+(none yo business) your body will do what you want it to if you train and eat right regardless of age you certainly don’t look like you eat or train right judging from your flabby cheeks (jowels) so please keep your loser mentality to yourself or get off your ass and do it right

  • The thumbs down must be indicating we give up cycling and head to McDonald’s by car for a Big Mac and Full Fat Coke. They must be the habitual losers.

  • I stopt mountainbiking at 36 because i was alway to busy working (carpentry). Now i’m turning 46 this year and i feel like an old man. It’s time i get on the net and search for a new bike��������

  • Kevin is a great inspiration for me. I am also 70 and because of health I had given up on touring. I have no excuse to not get back into it!!
    And coffee is important to any successful trip.

  • What is this? Old bikers Anonymous! ��
    Me too will have to start riding again… I used to be the extremest of the extreme bikers till I was 14 and now at 41 I am gonna have to take it beyond!

  • I’m 59. My objectives for cycling are: getting out into nature, keeping as fit as I can (for too many reasons to list), exploring, staying out of trouble, stress relief, meeting new people, seeing what I am capable of doing. In “decline” slowly, yes. C’est la vie.

  • I would love to ride again.Osteo scares me I’m always falling and breaking a bone. My balance is off last time I tried to get on I feel flat on my face. Thinking bout a trike but there so heavy.

  • I am in my sixties and still riding the way I always did. I don’t race. I don’t train. I have no fitness goals. I just ride the damn bike!

  • Nice job Dylan! Notwithstanding physiological changes, the other dimension that affects fitness as you age is lifestyle. When we were young, we could be selfish with our time but as we get older, we get married, have kids and maybe get more job/career responsibilities that compete with our time so, priorities change. Coaching or watching your kids play sports competes with that race you want to run on Saturday morning or that 70 mile training ride. Being able to balance your life, to stay fit, keep a family and a job, as you grow older is not easy, but can be done. Cheers to all of us “old guys” who have been able to have our (high density) cake and eat it too. BTW…66 years old and still plenty fit.

  • Yes, yes, yes. Start, with respect, mind your units (distance and velocity) and continue, don’t give up, make a plan and CONTINUE!

  • Watching your videos made me order a new co motion bike with a pinion. Hopefully it will arrive this month Thank you so much from Tasmania

  • I love this! I’m 50 and I just bauggt my first mountain bike after 20 years. I need all the help I can get. I spend all day looking for the bike trail for beginners like me.
    I’ll take any advice!

  • Thanks for the vid. I am 55 and my bike is rusting. Bought it 5 years ago, rode it for a time but work got the better of my time. This vid is telling me to put aside several hours a week to cycle.
    Now I remember why I paused; my favorite bike got burnt in a warehouse fire. But again this is a lousy excuse ����

  • I just turned 50, and I am not as fast as I was when I was young, but I am close enough! Cycling is a great sport that you can do well at a variety of ages! You’re doing great Leonard!

    I have lost 75 pounds/ 35 kilos in the last 2 years or so, and it becomes self motivating, because the gains you make in your cycling are huge. At first just cycling and mostly eating the same worked, but as I got leaner I needed to make changes for the better in my diet, but I was motivated by how much my cycling was improving from it.

  • 55 years old 6’2″ 297 lbs and have been pretty much sedentary for the last year and just bought a Hybrid bike today and went for a ride with my 11 year old grandson and couldn’t last 20 minutes and thought I was going to die, but where going back out again tomorrow.

  • I have early onset Alzheimer’s, when I go cycling i leave my dementia at home, I become what I was and not what I am now, I have cycled many thousands of miles over the years, but it has never been as important to me than now, ps I am 55.

  • I am 81 & switched to a battery assist ebike 2 years ago. Now have 3000 miles on it & plan to keep biking till I lose my balance ability. Back & leg arthritis don’t hurt while on my bike.

  • I’m 69 and have just bought an ‘adventure bike’ (Voodoo Limba). People often talk and think themselves into old age. Personally, I do hardly any exercise, but over the past nine months I have given up alcohol and lost 42 pounds. Now at almost my perfect weight. Don’t smoke, don’t drink, and keep to a healthy weight. You will be good to go.

  • Son can you speak up in your videos, sorry my hearing has gone, now where did I leave my glasses. I have to get down to the post office to pick up my pension OR I could do like I have been doing for god knows how many years. Go on a good ten to twenty mile hike, trek over mountains, Wild Camping or recently fat biking. Age is just a number, I see a lot of twenty year olds that can’t even walk to the local shops. I’m 60 and fitter and so far healthier than I have been for the past twenty years. Right off to buy some digestive biscuits ready to watch Coronation Street now, that’s if I can remember where the shops are lol

  • I’ll be 50 tomorrow and I lost 80 pounds since last december on a ketogenic diet. I do cycle a lot better now, maybe better then I was 25 years old. Hope now cycling everyday to live more years in balance with my weight. Chears from Brazil and keep on cycling!!

  • What are you taking about, 50 you are still on production guarantee:-). Real problems begin to manifest at 75-80. Sarcopenia, osteopenia, but in general you are right, never stop!!!

  • Got back into MTBg 3 years ago. Ride about 2000 miles per year mainly trail and gravel.
    Find myself in the top 1/3 on Strava for my local trails. So not bad for a decrepit 62 year old. Oh and just did the Whole Enchilada in Utah.
    You’re as old as you want to be.
    Great motivational videos. Keep it up.

  • Wishful thinking. mVO2 declines with age, more rapidly after 60. Skeletal muscle oxidative capacity also declines dramatically in old age. Yes, try to stay fit but you cannot be as fit as you once were.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18347663#

  • I’m 59 and just got panniers all around. I won’t set records, but I’m planning on a lot of long trips. (btw, I weigh what I did in the Army 40 years ago.)

  • The first noticeable slow down comes, as you say, at around 35, but then there’s a second one at about 50 when you really have to accept that you’re never going to get offered a pro contract! Testosterone and VO2 max drop off noticeably, and hard efforts take a week to recover from. Mid fifties now and I’m happy just to noodle around the lanes for a couple of hours or so three times a week in zone 2 with the occasional short burst of speed thrown in to help keep the weight off.

  • I love riding my bike and I am 52. I just do it for the pleasure of it, and like the added benefit of it helping to improve my health.:)

  • Why does every VO2Max chart have different classifications for age and gender? On one website I’m excellent and on another it says average. Who has the most accurate V02Max chart?

  • These Comments are inspiring… Just turned 50 cycled all my life and will continue to do so like the other folks on here. I actually got asked a few years ago what bike I was riding by a lad who was 24 as he could not keep up with me ��

  • Very well presented, Leonard. I remember breaking back into cycling at your age.  And now with an additional 23 years added, and a somewhat rabid addiction to the sound of a clean drive train, I’ve set the new goal of riding with the 90 y/o group who do the Yellowstone Tour each year. And it all got under way with the promise kept to myself to lose my midsection and make it happen. I made time that is for What I Really Wanted. No regrets at all. Keep posting and keep riding over there.

  • I am an over 50 cyclist and I too struggle having lost enthusiasm for cycling and recently found it again because of health reasons. I am having a few issues that I am dealing with but I still think the way to overcome these issues is to just keep cycling. As I see it, I’ll just keep going as long as I can. Besides it is Still fun for me and I do feel better after a couple of hours in the saddle. I admire your Courage, Sir. Keep up the good work and I’ll keep watching.

  • Anyone interested in specific science based advice on Master’s Cycling please check out Dylan Johnson’s latest excellent YouTube video. This guy is excellent and always provides awesome content.

  • I am 73 years old and plan on riding as long as i can. In the summer i generally ride at least three times a week at least 35 plus miles. I have two knee replacements, one of which was improperly put in and it is normally somewhat stiff. But, i keep on riding. And, when i ride i do so as fast as i can. I lost 25 pounds this last fall, and my riding speed increased. While i probably will not be able to maintain the 25 pound loss and will gain some of it back…at least it will be brown fat. In the winter i work out at the gym 3 days a week and ride when weather permits. Summer, i use the gym 2 times a week. And not only do i maintain close to being in shape around the year. I plan on living as long as possible, and riding or using the gym as an alternative. Anxiety is a problem when i am not in motion. Raising the endorphins is still great. My advice, if one gets into some physical exercise routine keep it up. One ages less than those who lead sedientary life styles.

  • Thank you so much for this video. I’m an older cyclist (65 yo) and I needed to see/know this. ❤️❤️❤️. I hope to see more videos for older adults

  • UHHHHH Let’s see… Testosterone, IGF-1 LR3, Anti Estrogen Inhibitor, Altitude tent, Sauna therapy 2x daily
    Ohhhhhh right, no one would EVER do that.
    TRT is an option older men should consider, you will be glad you did and it does make a difference. I did ALOT of research on this and I was AMAZED at how many older men (50’s to 60’s) were so glad they had done it and wish they had done it years earlier.
    I hope in due time, TRT will not be seen as something evil or taboo, but as an advance in medicine that when properly done, should be seen as a viable option.

  • in my 20s I was a very keen racing cyclist. One year we were on the isle of man for the cycling week there. Many veterans (over 60s or even 70s) were there… some of them had bodies which looked as though they were in their 20s….

  • Absolutely great video, 61 and just got my 1st bike today, it’s an e-bike so sort of cheating but I have a medical issue with my left knee that without the “e” bit, cycling might be beyond my abilities.
    Really enjoyed your style of narrating; thanks.

  • Bought a hybrid a few years back when I made a mistake to ride 25 miles on a steel frame cruiser. Not even traffic keeps me from riding. I do early morning so traffic’s less. 61 and going strong. Most of the time I ride alone.

  • Fast after Fifty updated in a nutshell. Joe was finding success using glycemic load, which you may find parallels the diet you’re describing. I myself have had decent success this season running very close to keto while pulsing carbs during training. I’m the lightest I’ve been in a decade. The last 5 years I have previously ascribed to Matt Fitzgeralds Endurance Carb centered diet, Carbs begat Carbs = weight gain for me, likely due to insulin resistance in my mid century. My Power #’s are acceptable, surely would be better on High CH diet, but I would be heavier, and the flip side with Keto, and why I will continue this season following it, is that I feel fantastic off the bike, mentally and physically, weight, sleep, sex it’s all better. I believe this all needs closer inspection and not discarded as an option with adjustments, particularly related to aged athletes.

  • Good video and I’m looking forward to watching you guy’s tour. One thing you didn’t cover is trip costs and how you guys can afford them.. Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  • Love your videos Dylan. Thanks so much. As a 45 year old I have been cycling all by life been training properly for the last two years. Now I got into the Cape Epic…. and sucking up all your videos is helping a lot! Cheers man!

  • that is quite remarkable: only 10% decline in an endurance metric from 35yo to 60yo.
    it certainly detracts from the excuse of ‘oh but i am, after all, xx years old!::

    the graph about marathon running times is quite an eye-opener! 30yo can run a marathon in 120minutes (approx), but even 70+ yo can do it in 200 mins! that is remarkable!

  • I am 56 now and after almost 40 years of cycling the bad news is all true. I ride with my 20 year old son and of course he can kind of dust me in a sprint but not to the extent that I am embarrassed. Well, maybe a little bit embarrassed. At 100 km the difference is much less but I attribute this to me understanding my long term cadence better than he and many younger guns do that I ride with. Kids, never underestimate old man endurance and mental toughness!

    Weight training is absolutely essential for the reasons stated and others like preventing bone density loss.

    The bottom line IMHO is that fitness is like a bank account: If you are making deposits your entire life, you will have more to draw on in the later years. You know why we don’t see many fat old men????

    The cardio pulmonary benefits are undeniable. The “feeling of fitness” is worth any pain and who wants a belly as you age anyways. Visceral fat deposits are a bitch but remember that great abs are built in the kitchen more so than in the gym or on the bike! We are what we eat.
    Nutrition and SLEEP are even more important in recovery as we age. Amazing how quickly I can fall asleep on the couch after a 35 mile ride in Texas heat today…

    There is One Huge Benefit today: and that is that I just enjoy biking more than when I was younger. I enjoy biking with my wife, my sons and friends more than I did competing with friends. Yeah we still compete but it is more about fun and smack talk at dinner now.
    It was all race, race, race back then. I raced and rode in some beautiful places around the country and never really saw any of them because my head was down most of the time LOL.
    Today it is a joy and I can still hold 19 to 21 mph for 30 miles, just not everyday:-)

    Keep spinning and thanks for a great series. I truly appreciate the videos. Scott

  • Right, 53. Trying to maintain over 4wkg and a 60kg weight. I need a weights bench….. off I go and thanks for the advice. Luckily I love vegetables……. unfortunately also beer.

  • Just saw your interview after winning the Michaux Cup 8 yrs ago. You rode Scott then. The Legend, Gerry Pflug came in second overall on a singlespeed. He’s one of those “older” guys who did well in races. I wonder where’s he now?

  • Hi Dylan, inspiring informative and science based well done. Checked CTS website but couldn’t see you in the list of coaches. Probably you are busy and the others need a push hahaha. Cheers, Werner

  • Hi there, I’m Ben from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I enjoyed your video and Im above 55 and just started cycling. Any tips on stretching exercises before cycling? Tq

  • I’m now 60 years old. Thirty years ago when increasing speed (especially running) my HR would respond immediately and increase to cover the greater effort. The maximum HR was higher as well. Good!
    What happens now is that when an increase in effort is made, the HR is delayed in dialling up. The maximum HR is lower also. This adds up to going into oxygen debt at speeds that were quite modest. Steady increases over a few minutes seem ok, but those fast starts and changes of pace seem a thing of the past.

  • The heart is the biggest factor after about age 36-40 in most male the heart elasticity start to slow down this means recovery ratios start to erode. This is why Master like flatter races and big groups where its easier to sit in and draft. If you can recover after a hard effort in a couple of gulps of air you can repeat. an older athlete needs more time to recover from a redline effort this cant be fixed. That’s life, anyone that says you can improve recovery in former elite athletes is snake oil talk! I’m not talking about non-elite cyclist. Anyone can improve their fitness depending on what baseline is used…

  • Thank you Dan for sharing your story. I just began riding again at age 63 soon to be 64 and was recently diagnosed with 40% blockage in one of my arteries. Not at the point of needing stint surgery yet but your story will help me to try to keep myself in better condition along with changing my eating habits.
    Thank you!!

  • What a great tight summary of test results. Really an excellent presentation. Thank you! I will admit I was dubious at the start due to your youthful face:). But you dispelled that rapidly by professionally and knowledgeably interpreting test results/studies that I am far too lazy to search out myself. The levity added by the classic old fart is hilarious. Us old guys know far too many of them. Cell phones, Gen-Y’s, Billie Eilish… send them into temporary cardiac events lol.

  • Pushing 70… although I always loved riding fast, I never competed… in my 30’s, I rode 200 to 300 miles a week road, and untold miles off road.

    I’m just getting back to fitness, beginning with weights… my recovery is getting better… weights going up… it’s great to see progress… looking forward to better weather… plenty of hills where I live…

    I’ve some great old school gear that all functions well… here goes…

  • 2nd week in and I have to say still getting a sore ars, fit on some days and seems better than other days I struggle, eating healthy and all, only covering about 10 km at the moment a day just can’t handle anymore at this time, not giving up I’m still going tho. Hope every one else is still hitting the roads, stay safe all.

  • Thank you very much.i am 41years old but my 30s and 40s has not been much different in energy wise. I feel the same like inside in my early 30s.

  • Thanks for the great summary of current state of research on the subject. My bad is that I took a break from cycling for roughly 17 years and now I don’t know why I ever did that, but regret it very much…
    Anyhow, I do not recall giving permission to use my voice around 13:21 ��

  • I’m 52 and going strong. I love my regular bike, my eBike for commuting and think more people should be cycling for health. Great video series, subscribed.

  • I’m 64 started cycling 2 years ago now doing 25 kilometers everyday on a flat road. My weight is down to 170 pounds having lost 11stone and feel great. I have stopped drinking beer!!!!! John Marshall

  • Okay, there is something to be said for a “plant-based diet. My food eats a plant-based diet, and so those animals take most of the wear and tear of digestion for me! I’m 62, and commute 10 miles to work everyday. Though I do eat massive amounts of low carb veggies… but I have never eaten so much meat which reduces both muscle and memory loss as you age. I have been keto for about 3 years, and lost 40lbs, lowered my blood pressure and blood glucose, lost my gout… Dropped all my meds, and I am not alone. I’m never going back. Where do you get this plant-based diet nonsense from? Not from science!

  • It’s chiefly the aerobic/VO2 that takes a hit. There’s no way around it. No pills or a visit from Oprah holding hands and crying together can ameliorate that. I’m (69) still hysterically dropping many jugend on their plastic fantastic Made in China wunderbikes, but less each year. Live life. Resist the NWO and theirs who brought you SCAMdemic COVID-1984. Life is a once through.

  • DECLINE >> shoot all the TRT You want and eat Chris Froomes diet and You still will not stop the decline only slow it down >>> Your Telomeres are shortening >>> its called oxidation >> You are literally rusting away lol….cheer up we are all going to die and it may be soon from the fat slob in the pickup truck texting when he hits You or I.

  • I recently found you videos and love watching and getting tips.
    I was on a fat tire bike riding the road and trails (my Average mph was 7-9 ) but its a beast on hills/climbs and weighing in at (the bike) 50 lbs very sluggish.

    So on my way home from a ride i stopped in at my local bike shop and got my very first road bike. (Average went up to 11.5mph��) They were nice enough to do a basic fit.
    I’m a 49yr old overweight female, I want to ride 35 miles by the end of August. ������

  • Great video please take a look at our YouTube Channel ‘This Cycling Life’ together with former Pro Cyclists Michael Rogers and Allan Davis. We focus on training and peak performance for Masters Cyclists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEiEoBkBPs4

  • I’m 65 and have really just started up…again…having tried to ride consistently a bit off and on for the last several years (since 61…). The bottom line is go for it! Get on the bike and go, don’t let your fears or concerns about others overwhelm you: its just for enjoyment, whatever the distance, whatever the intensity. He’s right: It’s a massive achievement!

  • Hi Guys,

    Great video and very inspirational, as always, by you both. Having not long turned 60 and only discovered bicycle touring about 2 years ago I have only personally done 3 short tours so far but,thanks to you both, from Darrens knowledge and Kevins positiveness, I just know there are many happy cycling years ahead of me. You two ROCK!!!!!!

  • Hey Dylan! I just watched this video. I’m 62 in relatively good shape. You mentioned that folks in my age group should have a year round weight program. What exercises should I focus on? Heavy weight or light weight? How many days per week? Thanks!

  • Great content. Like others who’ve commented I’ve gotten faster with age… because of more mental discipline to keep to a plan… a training program, resting, nutrition, and not drinking every night! They call it a beer belly for a reason. I’d add the increased sensitivity to weight gain from refined starch and sugars as we age.

  • I’m 64 and have been cycling for 32 years, accumulating over 461,000 miles. Weigh the same 60 kg when I graduated from college in 1977. Still riding 250-275 miles a week. I noticed a decrease in endurance, stamina and top end starting 2-3 years ago. Before, once I got in shape, I stayed in good form all season. Now I need more rest between hard rides. I’ve finally learned to embrace taking days off and doing easy rides.

  • Thanks Dylan for another great video, but now I have to add “masters athlete” to my list of titles (once I get to the athlete part).

  • I am 70 started cycling a year ago average 75km a week that is before cov19. I feel continuous improvements in my overall health and performance, even non competitive Cycling is a passion it needs a lot of dedication not many can fit in so age is not a significant factor. My personal opinion. Thanks

  • I rode the Birmingham & Midlands Velo last year at 63. First time I had ridden 100 miles. Doing it again this year. I still need a challenge even at this age.

  • Just want all of you to know, because of this channel and your powerful comments about the benefits of riding, I returned to biking after a 6-year hiatus. Bought a Walmart Schwinn Hybrid to start on…need a larger gel seat and perhaps better tires, but I’m off and rolling. I’m also 62 and have faithfully exercised for 40-yrs; but life in my 60’s mandates changes. I look forward to building-up to a nice road bike…social distancing & many people off the roads offers a special time to ride. Let’s also help (as we can) and pray for each other during these challenging times. Be well…ride safe.

  • The stuff about cockpits was dead on but you forgot to mention multiple types of daytime lights when shitting on old people
    also hi-vis poor fitting rain jackets when it’s only 60° out
    also rear view mirrors

  • It just so happens that I have a “taster session” booked this very morning. My local council do a scheme that allows you to try out a variety of bicycles to see if getting back to cycling is a viable option for a creaky and not entirely fit late 50 something like me. I do have one thing in my favour which is the fact I’ve never been a car driver, I’ve always been a walker except when the weather is inclement when I will take a bus. Both knees are a little arthritic as is my right hip but the arthritis care website suggests cycling can be less of a strain on joints than walking so I’m hoping to give it a go. My only real concern is I’m having a lot of issues with heel pain in my right foot and I’m hoping that will not be a barrier to getting back into cycling. Just hoping the rain holds off this morning so I can “get out there and give it a go.”

  • Body fat which a lot of people put on as they age is a big factor in decreasing VO2 max. So take your % BF down to 10-11% and you will be amazed at how much easier running, cycling or any other sport becomes. Remember that excess body fat interferes with oxygen transport to the tissues.

  • Old BH Dylan was super funny for me as a 22 year old, but I wonder about the opinion of older people. Do they find it funny?:D But as I see the fact that I was 21 when I started training harder for becoming a racer a couple of years later isn’t a problem since here we are talking about people from their 40’s and 50’s.

  • This is quickly becoming my favorite channel! At age 46, which I know is not that old compared to some on here…old farts haha! But serious, I continue to get faster every year. Common sense dictates. Eat well, don’t overdo it, don’t over drink, hit the gym for the full body circuit twice a week, do yoga for mobility, stay hydrated—-and get out on the bike. Rest when you need to rest. I have learned that your body will let you know what needs to happen next if you are paying attention. I’ll never forget the day I went for a MTB ride and got my ass kicked by a 72-year-old named Charlie… I asked him his secret, and he just said this: I keep riding.The man was a beast and completely redefined how I saw aging on the bike and gave me a goal to aim for. Here’s to becoming more like Charlie!

  • I hope you don’t sound that bad when you reach the age of 35. In all seriousness, you destroy all the scientific quotes you bring in with distasteful mockery.

  • My 25 year old son in law bought himself a very nice all singing and dancing Specialised. I went out with him him on my 1980 Peugeot framed single speed ‘bitsa’ and had to keep stopping and waiting for him as he would not move out of the low gears. I was 56 at the time.

  • Hey Dylan what are your thoughts on fixed gear training? I set my road bike at “one gear ratio” and stay there until the 20 mile out and back course I ride becomes as easy as the previous gear ratio. I’ve worked my way up to a 38 ratio which is a 53X14 on my bicycle. The course I ride is almost entirely flat (it’s South Florida) with one 6% grade bridge for.25 miles each way there’s usually a 10mph wind with a helter skelter direction. I’m almost 54 and have been riding for 30 years on and off. Usually my training was the bull in the china shop variety with my efforts dictated only by how well I was feeling. Such poor focus made it difficult for me to maintain speeds of 25mph without feeling like I was going to crack in short order. Now, training in a fixed gear (I never shift no matter the wind or other variables) has allowed me to maintain a higher pace than ever before and when I begin to feel the pain in my quads ratcheting up, I’m able to adjust my saddle position and activate my hamstrings with a great deal of predictability which elevates my confidence which stabilizes my cardiovascular effort thus maintaining speed. I’d like to know what forces you think are at play? I think, when I switch gears to a higher ratio, my body is still trying to pedal at the RPMs it was use to pedaling at the previous ratio this means that if I get back to the same RPMs my speed will be that much higher (simple, right!) LOL. I’m planning a move to my 53X13 in a few weeks I’ve been in my 53X14 for almost a month now (the longest I’ve stayed in any one gear). I went on a club ride the other night and dominated all the course’s attack points (something I never do). I haven’t made any changes to my diet and I weigh the same as I have for 30 years (6’1, 165lbs) (with a caveat in the past 6 weeks the higher gear ratio has packed on 5lbs of muscle).

  • I rode bikes at a rather young age now I want to get back into it.I’m 70 now and still in good shape, thinking of buying a Trek Marlin 6 mountain bike any comments on that bike

  • Back injory forst me out of cycling. Motocycles brought it back to life.

    I hade motocycles on an off in my life and i can ride.

    At 48 years old I was dropping Dylan Clark on rides in hills. Riding 13,000 miles a year.

    I was one of Dylans trainers in Auburn ca. He plast fist in 17 of his 25 races.

    He turned pro and road for Safeway teem.

    He pased at 25 from a combination of alcohol and riding his bike 100 pluss miles a day.
    Messed his hart up.

    I can’t help but riding im a speed junky ex pro skier.

  • Dylan, I just wanted to say thank you for your videos. I love that what you say is based on research. I am an older master cyclist at 60 and your instruction has greatly changed my training as I always just biked to max levels and now I am working on zone 2 rides and 2 days intervals along with weight training and I have worked to get my FTP. So thank you!

  • I really enjoy your videos Dylan, I appreciate that your presentations are science based. Soon to be 62, this one hit home for me. Fortunately I’ve already adopted a diet with increased veggies and fruit and have been rewarded with a 7 kg weight loss in about as many weeks. You’ve really encouraged me to hit the gym, which I’m not a fan of, in a couple of months when my list of events is over. Thanks for the good info and keep up the good work.

  • At 4:58 the “decrease in lean body mass and decrease in testosterone levels are partially to blame.” This is why I’ve met many men in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s on test replacement therapy and they said it helps so much and gives them improved recovery and maintained muscle mass. This translates to them being better cyclists. They tell me they can see the improvement on the bike.

  • As an older rider who took up exercise (I started with mountain biking because how hard could that be?), I appreciate this video and the science behind it. I always learn something new from your videos.

  • I’m 70 and I ride every day, sometimes twice a day, even in freezing, snowy weather. Why? It’s pure fun. Just have fun and you’ll feel like a kid.

  • Looking at the comments here, I’m encouraged. Now the question remains, trike or recumbent E-Bike. Just kidding. Definitely an E-Bike.

  • Took up road cycling last year at age of 66. Lost a stone in weight and ride with a leisure group doing 50 mile rides regularly. Have had a few goes at trail riding great fun

  • Weight gain is my enemy, tt speed is similar to the speed I had 25 years ago but hills are more difficult with an extra stone of lard around the belly no matter how many intervals I do..
    I’ve found a new incentive for this year, next winter’s cross season, lose the weight and aim for top 20 in the league.
    More veg and maybe go vegan again.
    Good vid as usual Dylan, cheers.

  • Dylan, thanks for the sobering news and the tips. As a 55 year old XC mountain biker who likes to race this is helpful (and kind of painful). I think it will be tougher for me to add the lifting (I really don’t enjoy it much) than eating more vegetables.

  • Regarding nutrition: The demand of an older athlete in respect to proteins, specially leucine, may greater then in younger.
    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Doering2/publication/282201950_Post-Exercise_Dietary_Protein_Strategies_to_Maximize_Skeletal_Muscle_Repair_and_Remodeling_in_Masters_Endurance_Athletes_A_Review/links/5607806108aeb5718ff7d3b5.pdf

    This not means that supplements are needed. Low Fat dairy products, such as Greek yogurt, are an excellent source. But pulses contain also a good fraction leucine.

  • I have just got back on a bike at 65, about 25 years since I last rode. Bought myself a MTB as I now live in rural Thailand and most of the roads around here are dirt or potholed bitumen. But it is harder work than a road bike so now that I am getting fitter again I am thinking of getting road bike too for the longer rides on the better roads. In the meantime I am going down the YouTube rabbit hole of cycling videos, thank you for your ones aimed at us older folks.

  • The music was a tad funereal but the content is wonderful. And I can’t think of any other music that would be totally appropriate for the topic.

  • Thanks…..very inspiring.
    I just turned 60 and will be “semi retired” shortly.
    I’m planning on 3-4 tours between 2-7 days next year in the U.S.
    Hopefully Europe in 2020.
    Keep me motivated.
    Thanks again.

  • Great Vid good info. you sound kinda like Alfred Hichcock… I’m 71 years old (young) been riding mostly since i was 7.I rode 47.5 miles yestrday, i usually ride 30 to 70 miles every few days, and sometimes only 10, Right now i ride 29er MT bikemostly on hardtop some trails > The Rails to trails are allover the country (USA) and they are best having no cars to dodge.
    Have fun new bike riders, it a great way to get out and see places.

  • I have been involved in some sport or another since I was 10 years old, ranging from rugby, running, X country skiing, rowing, boxing (kick) and now cycling. I am in better shape physically than most guys half my age and I am only a few days off 64. I cycle around 300-350 kms a week at an average speed of around 32 kph and I exercise first thing every morning using resistance bands and my improvised battle ropes and once a week spend 30 minutes on my punch bag. My point is, age is relative and just a number. It might be a different matter for those who go through a mid-life crisis but, for those of us who have never slowed down and maintained their fitness throughout their lives it doesn’t matter how old you are as long as you are able, keep on training!

  • Keto gave me back the body I need to cycle. Now at 64 I’m enjoying biking as much as I did 50 years ago. But without Keto I would be too heavy to ride. I was up to 262 pounds, went on Keto and lost 50 pounds. Because of Keto I have no sugar crashes and have an almost unlimited fuel source: fat.
    Your videos are very well done sir.

  • Great video. At age 59 I noticed a drop at age 50, but with training and greater periods of recovery can still perform endurance. Low Calorie density is the key to fitness!

  • Really nice seeing you two just talking about touring. And I am 62 and want to get back into it, Kevin is very inspiring.

    I started touring because that is the way I went everywhere after I sold my car in the mid 70s and got a nice bike. I felt that I was part of a movement in the US to ditch the car and ride. It worked! You see people on bikes everywhere. And there are whole cultures and sub-cultures of riders.

    How do I find a link to the route? I didn’t see one for the Redwoods trip either.

  • Back on the bike in February following a 5 year colon related nightmare. Did my first 50k last night. I can’t believe where I’ve come from, slowly upped the distance. I’m 60 in September and plan on doing 100k on the day ��‍♂️��‍♂️��‍♂️

  • I started cycling at 50, then at 57 decided I may as well do the rest of the race too so took up Triathlon. Coming from cycling was an advantage, I regularly beat people half my age and the longer the race the better.

  • I started cycling and running in my 40’s. I primarily trail run and was really surprised how many ultra runners are over 40. It seems with age comes mental toughness.

  • 67 and used to be like the butchers dog. Had MRSA after hernia op then had pulmonary embolisms and atrial fibrillation. Piled on weight as a result. Forced to retire I went back to the bike; bought an ebike for a bit of help. I’m feeling fine and go out at least 5 days a week. Thanks for the encouragement in this video.

  • Good on you. I need something like this I used to be fairly ok on the bike 30 years ago. Tried it recently and mind and body had a major row mind said you can do it no problem same as I used to. Body said F***k off or something like that.
    Anyway heres hoping to get back some fitness and safe cycling to you all.

  • I thought you would like to know during this time of Corona Virus “Chamois Butt’r” is awesome for my seriously overwashed and chapped hands really appreciate it. Lol Thanks for your Vlog ❤️ it!

  • Cool vid m8, Some interestings facts like, it’s safer than not exercising at all. I’m 60, I’m going to buy a bike tomorrow. Cheers.

  • Since alot of races now are mixed by gender and age, It would be interesting to see a full range of ages say 15 years old to 70. I am turning 50 this year and i find it amusing when I hear parents say sarcastically good for me that i beat a 15 year old. Even though the 15 year olds are entering in adult events but based on their results are racing in our categories. Are 15 year olds equivalent in fitness to 50 year olds? how does the age base fitness chart rise and when does it start to fall?

  • Respect to you, sir. Potential new or returning cyclists need to understand that you don’t need to wear lycra or funny shoes to get into, or enjoy riding a bicycle.

  • Can only speak for myself. Currently 70 years of age. Lifted weights since a teen. Cycling for years. At age 68 I was able to sustain a 18.4 average with 3400′ of climbing. The past two years, I took a statistical dive and noticed my recovery takes longer and last year losing some interest due to my personal goals not being met because of ‘pushing’ too hard. No major weight gains….can still climb OK (not like the past) for my age probably due to continuing weight training (legs as well) into my senior years. Of course, there is only a maintenance of muscle mass now….and the days are over for muscle growth due to testosterone or dwindling thereof after confirming after a blood test.

  • Thanks Darren & Kevin, great interview. I am really interested in cycling the countries you are touring in 2019 so perfect timing. Thanks for sharing the stories and your philosophies on life & touring!

  • I’ve been infected with the cycling bug ever since the tender age of 31. Here I am, 44 y.o. MAMIL, reading comments from fellow YAMILs (Y for Young) in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Keep it up, lads and ladies. The inspiration we draw from you is enormous and humbling. See you on the road!

  • The old gents in the new forest cycling club in the late 90’s all looked younger than they were. Many retired had cycled all their lives and we’re fit. They would ride around the island one day and the next be out in the new forest for a short 60 something. Cycling I think keeps you young.

  • This is me, turning 50 this year, just bought my second TREK and am going to spend a good bit of my retirement bicycling for fun and excersize

    The booger in the corner of his left nostril is throwing me a bit…

  • It’s all because we are meant to be hunter gatherers,thousands of years of evolution and suddenly we sit on a sofa or at a desk all day,this leads to mental health issues much like a caged animal in the zoo.Any excercise outdoors will give you benefits.I cycle as I find running a bit boring.

  • Took up cycling again at 45, started Critirum racing at 51, I just had a triple bypass at 55 but riding after 6 months off and I can’t wait to get back to racing. If it wasn’t for cycling and knowing my body I would have died from a 90% blockage. Keep riding it keeps you going.

  • Love your video and explanation. Started cycling 4 years ago and can honestly say I agree with everything you say. I haven’t lost much weight but it’s all down to how it makes me feel. I do about 50-60 kms each Sunday, sometimes more. I gets rid of any aches and pains and makes me feel like a kid again

  • it works for me that is what kept me alive this long i started when i was 61 years old and i had a hard time going one mile but now i have no problem riding 40 miles or more i found out that anything is possible when you have no other choice being homeless on a bicycle saved my life i will be 66 in April thank you for sharing because i know this works because i am a bicycle rider forever young

  • I’m 81. Started biking at age 65. Still enjoy biking 1500 miles per year. Would be more but living in South Dakota limits the biking season.

  • I’m 61. Did the Stelvio last year, the year before we did the Ventrois (Ventoux three sides in a day), Covadonga and numerous other iconic climbs. The bike is life affirming (and a pain in the arse). It is as good for the head as it is for the body. Do it!

  • 73 expat from Cambodia here. A while back rode in a 32-km all uphill mountain race. Very proud of my mid-pack Personal Best at 2-hr 20-min, but waiting for me at the top was an old Cambodia guy 12-years my senior.

  • I’ll tell you how to start cycling over 50, on the road or dedicated cycle-way, not, the pavement, that is strictly for pedestrians and you break the law by cycling on it. You also endanger the well being of vulnerable pedestrians and put your own safety at risk if you cross my path!

  • I was a jogger till the doctor said “your running days are over”!! Can I ride a bike? he said yes. I was 60. Have now had rides through Italy and Switzerland with the bike shop in Australia. Being with a group of supporting girls has been fantastic.I have all THE gear as my husband has been a rider all his life. He is 74 and rides like a 40 year old.

  • I am 68 and love bicycling. I was quite heavy through my 50s, and then in my early 60s I discovered the PLANT-BASED DIET, which is more restrictive than vegan!! I lost all my excess weight naturally, and haven’t had a pot gut in the last few years. I had to buy smaller pants. I have more energy and really enjoy bicycling more! My advice don’t expect to lose weight by bicycling alone if you do not change your diet. Start with a healthy diet, no processed food (and no bread), no alcohol, no sugar, no animal products just lots of fresh fruit, fresh-cooked legumes, and fresh vegetables with no sauces. Start here: http://www.nutritionfacts.org and watch all their videos. Best wishes, best of health, and many happy miles on your bicycle!

  • I am 71 yrs old now. Have been riding my Road bike in cycling groups for years….I ride 40 miles every Saturday and then some more on Sundays. It keeps me feeling, looking, and feeling better….

  • 60, rode from Shropshire to Paris in 4 days and then around France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and back to Shropshire in 8 weeks. Here is my tour! https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1mr&page_id=576329&v=Bo

  • nice video, many things said that are really true. I am turning 50 this year; and I’ve been cycling actively for 8 years now, along with a healthy, mostly plant-based diet, without alcohol, people often guess I am in my early forties or late thirties

  • I see myself in 40 years as an old rickety pensioner still riding my road bikes… I know a man in his sixties, who was told by the doctor, that he can never run and ride properly because his leg is always going to get numb after just a few minutes. But with enough willpower, everything is possible.

    On my favorite route to the Eifel, I always see old and slim men who have incredible pacing and speed. They pull me off.

  • I was a runner up until I injured my back last June. I bought a new Specialized Roubaix and love it! I haven’t ridden a bike like this since I was 20 years old, and now I’m 54 and keeping up with the younger crowd and they’re calling me a beast. ��

  • I love this video.Im a 51 year old female and have been cycling for years.Ive had a road bike,hardtail and now i recently bought a fat bike.Its not about the bike or speed.its about the journey.New or old bike?doesnt matter.its the person on the bike that makes it great.Get on your bike and enjoy the freedom.Stay safe and enjoy the journey.

  • I’m just coming up to 52 and started cycling about 3 years ago as I’ve got arthritis in both hips and it’s helped me a lot,I get less problems with them as my muscles have built up and when I do get a flare up it doesn’t last as long.
    Most of all though I’m enjoying the beautiful Somerset countryside which I didn’t appreciate when riding motorcycles

  • Thanks for posting this video. You are absolutely correct. I myself is a 57 years old dude with 11 grandchildren but I started running 7 marathons since the last year 2019. Every now and then I get compliments from young people that I look way younger than my actual age(I try to keep away from young girls LOL). Update, today I also started to ride my stationary bike a couple of weeks ago. I am hoping that this summer I will cycle in an event. Longevity comes with regular workout, lifestyle, diet, and surrounded by our good friends. Thank you once again. CHEERS!

  • A few days ago, I bought a mountain bike. Haven’t cycled in years. In my twenties I used to cycle regularly, averaging about 20 km at a time. Then I saw your video, and it inspired me to get out there and just bike. I did 5 km this morning at 6 a.m. felt good! Thanks, Leonard. ( I’m 57.)

  • I’m 58 been cycling since I was a kid,love it today more than ever, riding a 50 miler tomorrow with ease. Great video. I encourage everyone to Cycle,makes a big difference..

  • Age is a number. I still bike been at it since a child. Champion 3 times in my life with cycling.
    I still hit high numbers in power meter and ride in the season with A & B riders in NYC. I am 59�� going on 14…��‍♂️����

  • Yep, I have never grown up, I don’t know how it is to be the age I am ( 73 going on to 74 ), staying active is the answer, plus my Youngest brother died at the ripe old age of 35, ( 1987 ), one thing that motivates, plus prayers and music from yesteryear!

  • Ok boys and girls take my advice Go ride a bike and eat green vegetables I guarantee you will live up to 200 years just kidding ����

  • I just bought a brand new custom bike as a reward for making it this far in life! I want to start touring but am hesitant to start and not sure why? This helped me get over that hump I am going to take off this weekend no matter what and do a mini trip for sure the only way to start is to get on your bike and start!

  • I am 70 years old. Started cycling 5 years ago.Completed 200 kms in a day with avg speed of 15km per hr.Using Raleigh My Ride, a very cheap 7 gear bike costing 9000 Indian Rupees. Riding regularly 20 kms per day and 80 kims every sunday.

  • I’m still a very active cyclist at 56 and keep up within reason and keep some races on the calendar every year for goals. Losing my thyroid in ‘98 was a motivator. Our bodies will age, but as for our Minds, that’s a choice.

  • I am 64 and a cyclist since I was 12, I never learned to drive or had a license to. Yet I have been bicycle touring North America for going on 38 years. I used to be semi-retired from age 21 to 62 when I retired and I worked just 3-4 months a year since 1982. I now bike tour 8-9 months a year and live in Tucson in the fall, winter and spring where I can ride almost everyday. I average 30 miles a day and 200 a week.

  • I’m turning 60 this year and dreading it. I’ve been a lifelong cyclist and reading some of the comments from riders much older then me is quite inspiring. Still not looking forward to my birthday but I’ll be riding till I drop.

  • I started road and track bike racing when I was 14 years old. Turning 63 in June this year, I still ride. But now it’s in the beautiful NC mountains. And yes, in my mind I still ride competitive and also aggressively hitting the single track trails with the youngsters And yes, I have fallen a few times and had a hard time walking afterward. My wife always reminds me to not forget, I am not 20 years old. Slow down!

  • Diagnosed with a Chronic illness a few years ago, cycling, and the focus to keep cycling when my illness allowed has kept me determined to get well and out on the bike. I may have lost a load of form and muscle but I’m keen to get back out there’s nothing like it!

  • Hi Leanord, I’ll be turning 50 next month, and I just recently purchased my first road bike, I never actually on the bicycle before, any tips you can sure to improve my endurance and speed.
    Thank you.

  • I am 53 and I am not new to cycling… road cycling in particular. But I was so pleased to watch your video since it honest, kind, full of life and really inspiring for those who feel some kind of shame of being not skinny and not very fit to impress the others.)) Thanks!

  • LOVE this workout! I was looking for a spin class that was not “up, down, and all over”. At 64 I’m interested in getting the sweat up but not in going up or down every 15-30 seconds. Its the first Sweat class I’ve purchased and would purchase more if they were geared to middle-age adults like myself. It would be great if Sweat created an “Age is Relative” section for us baby boomers. Then I wouldn’t have to go through tons of workouts that just don’t fit me to find one that does. THANKS FOR THIS WORKOUT!

  • Just caught this year old video. Awesome explanation of the love of the sport, setting one’s own goals and achieving them and enjoying the ride. We all age at different rates and have different abilities and can enjoy the experience at whatever level we find comfort in. I got into cycling seriously 3 years ago when I was 64 and discovered recumbent riding was best for me and I ride a Catrike and recumbent 2 wheeler around 150 miles per week, changed my diet and feel better than I did when I was 40 and working a million hours a week in my medical practice. I can ride with anyone or alone and don’t feel compelled to win…I am there to enjoy the scenery, get and stay fit and love the experience. I do a steady 13-16 mph on the trike and 19-20 on the two wheeler and the sense of accomplishment when completing a ride is very rewarding. I will ride until I can’t anymore and I have been blessed/lucky with no knee or hip or ankle problems. Triking is the way for us old guys!

  • I am 40 and been riding 300 cc scooter and bicycle for about 15 years. One thing still scares me while riding bicycle is not enough protective gears..comparing with while riding scooters..Bike riders wear gears as if they are immune to road rash and those open face helmet and half finger gloves wont do anything if you fall and land on your face…!!!!

  • Thank you you young whipper snapper…pushing 60yo myself…you’ve given me some hope to hang on to what I’ve got. However, I know that my T level has certainly dropped from a couple years ago.

  • I live close to where a somewhat legendary California cyclist, Jobst Brandt, lived. He road his bike well into his 80s, basically right up until he died in 2015. It was a true inspiration seeing him out the roads, and even having him pass me on a descent once when he must have been in his late 70s. He wasn’t a pro, he just loved road biking, and if he can do it until he died, just about anyone can.

  • i rode 250km in two days when i was 75 years. If you are healthy and have the balance age does not matter, never stop until you drop.

  • not finished yet but man I hope I’m in such good shape and so cool when I’m at 70. Btw vegetarian here too. If you’re in Switzerland again sometime let me know.

  • hey how about Armando Basile……..the legend who travelled around the whole world 7 times w/ 2,000,000 + kms he bikw…….

    EDITED: By the way he is in philippines now….i saw him

  • Been cycling for years especially everyday to work.l retired and moved back to wales, I decided to ride the bike after it had sat in the shed. It was a lovely day in April and about 3 miles away front wheel locked up after a rough bit of road.
    The conclusion was a tumble into a ditch, bike was fine, I snapped my collarbone and broke ribs and damaged elbow and hand lol.
    In a few weeks I will do the route again but complete the planned ride I failed to do.
    The moral of the sorry is,you never know what’s around the corner, so do it, even though it hurts.
    Don’t forget to take a mobile and wear a good fitting helmet, just in case, see you out there ����‍♂️

  • Ebikes have brought many older adults back to cycling.
    The electric assist makes hills that much easier.
    Every child and adult should own a bicycle and ride it regularly.
    Healthy exercise, fossil fuels free transportation and great for social distancing.
    Cities need to do more to encourage people to ride bicycles by providing protected bike lanes.

  • Good Lord, have mercy sir…folks, just get on your bike and ride. Ditch the Power Ranger costume. If I had to dress in a uniform every time I wanted to take a quick spin I wouldn’t. Just ride…it’s a bicycle…that’s all.

  • My wife and I are 67 and 68 and have four bikes each..a Brompton a Moulton a Mountain Bike and a Dutch delivery bike…sounds a little ocd but they all serve a purpose.Cycling is great for mental and physical health and it’s good for sleep.Ive had a knee replacement 9 years ago and cycling outs very little strain on the knee.Rather than sit on a couch becoming depressed,over weight and a burden on others we exercise everyday as we are gym members too.We often take our fold up bikes,on the Eurostar to,Paris,get off at the Gard du Nord and cycle to an Airbnb and then spend days cycling around the nicer parts of Paris..not near the Eiffel Tower etc!!!If you want a new life get a bike and stick with it

  • I am now 73 and just purchased a Giant Bike. I have never developed leg muscles but am in fairly good shape considering I have diabetes and have had TB..I am going to stick with this.appreciate your site

  • Great video with very useful information. Fortunately for me, or perhaps unfortunately for my younger self, I spent from 25-47 years of age obese and very much out of shape. I took up cycling 8 years ago and lost 160 pounds and am now in the best shape of my life. I say that’s fortunate because I don’t ever feel the “I’m nowhere near as fit or strong as I was when I was 20” thing. Sometimes that can be depressing, and I’ve heard so many friends say things like this. Of course I wish I would have started cycling when I was young, but it is what it is. At 55, I do have to keep a very close eye on everything I eat, and recovery and rest are super important. Luckily I am a professional napper and have all the time in the world to train. I used to lift quite a bit when I was in my late teens, and really need to get back to the gym on a regular basis. Your video just reiterated that point and as soon as we can go back about our lives in a somewhat normal way, I will start lifting at least 3 days a week. Thanks and I hope everyone stays safe out there.

  • We don’t all get heavier. I am 52 and I am not heavier. Neither did my Father. I eat once a day. My be the portrait in the attic. I run, weight train and track calories.

  • Dylan, can you please do a video on how to incorporate weight training into your year-round schedule? Thanks for aĺl the great videos you make.

  • After thirty years off, I got back on the bike at 53. That was fifthteen years ago and just surpassed 21,000 miles. Did 3,100 miles just last year. All the health benefits you mention Leonard are dead on accurate. Even rented a bike at London Bridge on vacation and biked to Abbey Road. If you can ride in that traffic, you can bike anywhere.

  • You young-uns don’t have the benefit of training for old age with 25 pound bikes. Now it’s all about watts, lactate thresholds, checking monitors and feeling somewhat detached from our bicycle due to component complexity. At 66 the only change I have made was to go metric. I used to ride 35 miles per session. Now I ride 35 kilometers per session.

  • I’m an 87 year o,d endurance rider, CTS athlete. Does an altitude tent help with acclimation or other blood factors? Thanks for your science-based videos. Fred Schmid

  • I am 52 and started cycling to be my regular exercise a year ago! I have lost 20+kg with healthy diet (if possible for sure). Now cycling seems to be part of my daily routine (approx. 30km) and considering to upgrade my gear from MTB to road bike. Have a nice riding ��

  • When I stopped cycling I gain weight. E-bike helped me start cycling again. My style to ride is part of 25 km commuting and part of HIIT training in forest path. It not help lost weight but fitness is much better. If I was the same weight as when I was young, I would drive at the same average speed. Now 60+

  • 57 years old riding entire adult life with a few tricks for aging dogs to try. 1.) By far the biggest improvement to performance in my life was switching to whole food /plant based diet 2 years ago. Dropped 45 lbs without even trying eating as much as I want, across the board significant improvement in performance metrics (Shaved nearly 20% off time on a 100+ mile ride w/ 9,200 feet of climbing), with vastly improved recovery as a bonus. Only regret is not having tried it years ago. May not be for everyone, but definitely worth a 90 day challenge. 2.) Added Zwift and a smart trainer going into this off season…also something I should have done sooner. Never had so much fun riding for hours indoors, and my non-riding wife loves the idea that there are no distracted drivers in virtual landscape. Will likely switch software for more structured training going into spring, but the the set up is the best equipment upgrade since clipless pedals and integrated shift levers almost 30 years ago. Life is short, enjoy the ride…

  • I started at 50 then got into serious accident by myself at 53. I tried grabbing my water bottle and see if I could drink at 20kph. Big mistake. Now 57 and trying to get back to 50 km ride on a weekend.

  • I started 3 years ago when I was 60. My sweet spot is 10 miles. Feel like work up until then.Then it gets easy the next 20 miles. Guess I’m built for mid distance. I get off and stretch every 7 to 10 miles and need 2 water bottles. It was great to be able to replace my regular fitness hobby of 35 years I could no longer do due to car accident injuries.

  • I am 63, ride an exercize bike in the house, and take regular hour walks, sometimes walking longer. I feel the need to. I have had Osteopenia and Hashimotos for 2 years now, never was sick before. Am getting along well.

  • I just came across this video. I’m 63, exercise a lot doing Blood Flow Restriction resistance training (drawing from Kaatsu), HIT with plyometrics and now adding mountain biking which I began a couple months ago. I feel like I ride as fast as 15 years ago. I don’t race. I am maintaining muscle mass and going towards carnivore rather than vegetarian. Opposite what you say and opposite what I used to do. Much more endurance, strength, lean muscle mass, mental clarity, reduced inflammation… I draw from the work of Stephen Phinney MD, and Virta health and Paul Saladino MD amongst many others.

  • Not knowing much about cycling, this is the first time I’ve heard of front gear shifter. Any comment as to the advantage/s of it?

  • soon to be 57, had to get rid of my car a few years back….just couldn’t afford all the insurance, gas, maintenance and parking permits of a car….so I donated it away…now I’m biking like everywhere…spring, summer, winter, fall…feel healthy, getting fit and slimmer although sometimes, (big eater on the weekends)…lol…great to breathe the fresh air.

  • Time to get on 2 wheels:). There is so much Netflix you can watch. Thanks, Leonard. It is a funny and sarcastic yet very informative short movie we already like. Thanks for your great effort!!!Cheers from Canada:). Oh did I say I am 56 years old?

  • Hi Leonard. Great video, I have just retired at 62 and started cycling. I complete 25 miles every other day and once a week take a longer run around 40 miles. Using my Garmin I can see and feel I am getting fitter with improved average speeds for the same run.

  • Great vid thx for making it!!! A few months of Ketogenic diet and you’d be a lean mean climbing machine!!! I’ve done 10 months of Keto / Carnivore with a few breaks and am now very lean and as strong and fit cycling / climbing / skiing / snowboarding / +++ as ever. Good Luck with everything and Keep Pedaling brother:-)

  • I’m 68 and starting to ride my bike I bought a year ago. I was watching videos about changing gears when I came across this video. Very encouraging, thank you.

  • Good video but it is aimed at a market segment that may consider your stereo type character to be similar to “black face”. Just cut that out. It is worth note that the reduction in times for the older racers is still mild enough to allow wins at local or regional events given that older racers do have more time to train and do a proper active recovery.

  • I’m 51 and started serious riding a couple of weeks ago. Did 22km on Sunday. I give myself the flexibility to ride as much as my body allows, without expecting the same results each day. I’m doing 10km per day on average. Great video!!

  • Regardless of my age, when cycling, I want to feel like a twelve-year-old going out on a great adventure. Just keep those legs moving.

  • Hello there from South Africa: I haven’t cycled in about 14 years, I have now taken it up again at age 72! I had to laugh at some of your commentary as I could just so relate to the part of “starting out again”

  • Great video and great suggestions. Some seniors are beyond riding a bike though. Serious balance issues. AND being overweight also keeps them from getting comfortable enough for long rides. NOT TO WORRY THOUGH. There are terrific FOLDING RECUMBENT TRIKES that solve all these issues. In South Cornwall, there is ICE Trikes. The ICE Adventure is a great folding trike. The HP Velotechnik FS is also a top model. So is the AZUB Ti-Fly and the Catrike Dumont. For very heavy riders, the Greenspeed Magnum XL is a model that will hold riders up to 475 lbs. For those who can no longer ride bikes, SOLUTIONS are nonetheless there. The TRIOT Trikes are superb non folding trikes as well.

  • And above all, after 50 you can go on a club ride with full gear except for a pair of flip-flop like the guy on the left at 1.07. 😉

  • The same goes for me. I rather meet the locals, although I don’t speak their language fluently, than seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Tower of London.

  • With a surname of van Looy what other sport could I do? My family pressured me from a young age.Every birthday and Xmas received gifts relating to cycling.Im now 58 and look back and thank my parents.

  • 61 years old, a regular bike rider all my life, and a daily bike commuter for over 30 years. But I’ve never worn the fancy gear; just hop on as is.
    One extra piece of advice try to be as visible as possible!
    Bright clothing, lime green helmet, reflective vest…whatever lets cars see you. I really believe that extra level of visibility has saved me from a few bad collisions over the years.

  • Anyone who wants to know about aging on a bicycle should Google “Ken Bonner” one of the greatest long distance cyclists ever. At 72, he was doing rides up to 2,000km (Randonneur style…) One story I love was: he was going to go on a 200km ride. He discovered his ride coincided with a 10km run. He joined the run, which was part way though the ride, and finish with a combined time of around 10hrs.

  • Blessings from France,
    I am getting younger, though I would like to cycle but within fresh air and without rush…
    Thank you for your motivation
    PatH

  • 57 started because sick of the virus nazis (police )stopping me in my car must say loving it losing weight to ����i have a electric assisted bike and a bmc big wheel carbon fibre down hill racer I go out on the bmc one day and I go further one the electric bike I look forward to it every day it’s great recommend it to anyone

  • Respect to all the comments on here. Im 50 in December and signed up for my first Triathlon for next year. Should be interesting…..!

  • In the US there are hardly any bike clubs for those who are no serious racers. Back in the sixties you still had the social gathering clubs however they are all for serious young racers.now. They have seinor events for over fifty but if you are over fifty five you are wasting your time. When I am riding and one of the club peletons comes by I can keep up for a few miles but never any more than that.

  • I’m 48 on my 7th week now
    Wk1 = 72.15 km
    Wk2 = 63.12 km
    Wk3 = 100.46 km
    Wk4 = 109.01 km
    Wk5 = 100.82 km
    Wk6 = 123.54km Sun 31th May
    Wk7 = 90.09 (thurs)
    Love it ❤

  • I’m well over 50 and have been cycling alll my life. From daily commuting to work to long rides in the weekend. Back when I was young (during the 80’s and 90’s) I really was into camping and traveling by bike (today they call it bikepacking) Been around Europe and even Asia a few times. Wanna do this again when I have the time and opportunity.

  • Dude, Kevin is no joke. I like both of you guys. I think it’s great to travel like that. It’s different and fun to watch the videos. I watch all of them. I don’t know how you guys do it. The riding looks so tough.

  • Respected Kevin Sir and Dear Darren, viewers are mostly excited and enjoying while Kevin enter into the trip!!!! What a nice chemistry in between twos!!!! God bless you both! Waiting for next..

  • Hi, I just found your channel and like the few videos I have seen so far. I am glad you are doing what you love so well. I have done two short trips here in the US years ago, but still want to expand on that now that I am retired and actually have the time.
    One thing I have wondered about travelling in other countries is how do you handle the need if you have prescription medications. I have read that you need to take printed copies of your prescriptions and in some cases can be in for some long waiting times in some countries while the local authorities are deciding if they even want to detain you. Do you have any experience with this? Thanks for the inspiring videos!!!

  • I respectfully suggest that (if you are not already doing so) we consider moving out diet to a more plant based one. Personally I have seen some benefits to this for myself, including my weight settling at the the weight I was when I was 20 (I’m 10st 3lb, 65 yo, and ride a recumbent trike), to be fair though I have never have weigh issues (at most I was about 11st 7lb when my diet included non vegan stuff). And if you do decide to try the plant based diet my advice is transition gradually (give your body a chance to adjust).

  • Kevin is still My favourite of your companions. I wouldn’t mind riding with you two. If only bike tours without temper tantrums were negotiable with My current girlfriend…

  • This reminds me of my touring partner. She likes to sleep in. I am up early. I go to bed early she stays up late. We do both like coffee though. Kevin you need to get Darren to Australia. Catch the train to Broken Hill from Adelaide then ride down alongside the Darling and the Murray to the sea. It is a great ride. I am off in 11 weeks to ride from Donaeshington to Vienna along the Danube. Its been on my bucket list since I started touring in 2003. Finally get to tick it off. Great videos guys.

  • Kevin and Darren, you are both an inspiration to me. I really enjoy your videos, hope you both keep safe and well, sending you lots of love, Tom

  • I started late in life ride a bike and therefore not know how it feel compere but in my three year I ride I have gain a lot of fitness. I am twice as fast to work for an exemple now than three years ago an my fitness level is more as an 40 years old man and I am 55. I know it will go down but I have still progress and enjoy ride and will not stop doing that even if my fitness level go down.

  • Great conversation Darren Kevin and your spot on when you say that many of our partners deter us from setting off on a cycling adventure as my wife does that with me. I too have been married 45 years and until recently I have gone off on motorcycle trips to Europe by myself but when it comes to going off on my bicycle my wife is convinced I will be killed. Work that one out! I will be 68 next March so I have definitely got to convince her I will be safe quickly as it will be too late soon. If I ever do I hope to see you both on the road.

  • Thumb tacks are a spectators best friend………… the hysterical laughing that follows makes you feel many years younger! (payback for you selfish bastards riding 3 and 4 abreast and ignoring the rules of the road)

  • As a kid I rode for 6-8 hours nearly every day. Now I’m just getting back to it at 54. I so missed the whole feel of riding, and so excited to have really nice bike trails to ride to my hearts content.

  • I was on the top of a 34 mile down hill mountain bike descent! Where a 68 year old fellow biker was about to send it!! Video evidence exists but YouTube keeps me locked away unless I actually tell people!

  • I bought a nice bike a year ago but the hills around where i live were too much for me. i have arthritis and fibromyalgia along with being over sixty and out of shape. This summer i bought an ebike. That has made all the difference in the world and made cycling a pleasure for me. My bike just has pedal assist which means i still get plenty of exercise. i say don’t get mad at yourself if regular biking is too much to start out with, get a ebike! I may get fit enough to ride a regular bike again eventually but i’m not going to stress over it. I’m getting out and having fun with my grandkids and that is what matters.

  • Hold up…so endurance trained athletes have WORSE hearts than sedentary people?? How can we even justify doing this sport then if that’s the case??

  • I’m 69. I would always get a sore back riding my now 43 year old mountain bike. I think the frame is too small. Last week I tried a Surly Long Haul Trucker. Half hour ride. Back fine. Palms really uncomfortable. My question is: Is pain of some sort to be expected at our age? Will bike riding introduce chronic pain of some sort into our old bodies?

  • Loved this interview. I also rode my bike as a kid growing up in Southern California. Admittedly, much of my time was spent jumping over ramps like Evil Knievel. My young cousins stood in as the cars ala the famed Caesar Palace spectacles. When I saw Darren in Eugene, Oregon, at the Co-Motion tour and subsequent ride last April, I mentioned to him that Kevin was my favorite “co-star.” Glad to see you guys are at it again and appreciated Kevin’s insights concerning aging, activities despite pain, and importance of taking time out for personal adventures. I was infected with bike touring during a trip down the Danube (Passau to Vienna) in 2009. Since then, I have been taking multi-day tours through the Pacific NW with a retired buddy of mine. I can say I am doing some of the most strenuous physical activity in my 50’s than I have ever done. I cramp up sometimes (we have long, steep hills in the West) and occasionally wonder if I will survive, but it is so worth it to get out and see the big, beautiful world around me. I especially like to get out of the Portland area and meet “salt of the earth” folks in the small towns around me. It reinvigorates my faith in people! Thanks for taking the time to do such interviews. I can’t wait to retire from teaching so I can ride and explore more. For now, summers off will have to suffice. Kevin, as a grandparent myself, I wonder if you have any tips for getting grandkids into bicycle touring or backpacking. Have you inspired any of your own to do so?

  • Ive seen plenty older competitors best younger guy at cycling events, park runs etc. Some old seasoned cyclists are like trains ��✌��

  • just remember you are not joined at the hip; it can be fun just to do your own thing at your own pace and meet up at some destination after a few hours, or days. Enjoy.

  • About 10 years ago, I told my mom I was getting a bike. She assumed that I was getting an adult tricycle. When I made it clear that it was a road bike, she blew her top. I was too old, it was too dangerous, blah, blah, blah. All of this was coming from a woman who was two hundred pounds overweight and couldn’t climb a flight of stairs. I, of course, didn’t listen to a word she said and now as a 61-year-old female, I ride my bike on the San Gabriel River Trail (that’s in Southern California) every chance I get.

  • I just turned 60y and I went for a 23km ride in hilly terrain after one year of inactivity. I am 1.88m tall and weigh 88kg. I had no problems but felt my legs slightly tiring at the end.

  • Just got back into cycling and I’m 57 with three months and three years old daughters. (Like Kevin, I have a history of backpacking.)
    I liked what Kevin said about negotiating and having married the right person, so I have just one week to myself next summer. I’ll be heading off bike touringor bike packing somewhere in Scotland but each day I’ll be sure to have a brew around 11 o’clock.
    Thanks for a cool introduction vlog. (Love to my wife and kids!)

  • I ride an a home built MTB ebike I have lost 5kgs with a change in diet I no longer fear hard climbs and riding has become a pleasure and oh I am 61..

  • Excellent interview. Excellent! Love Kevin. I have just discovered your channel and very much look forward to watching your previous & forthcoming videos.

  • I am 69, living in Hang Chat, Lampang, Thailand. Just returned from a folding bike trip to Melaka, Malaysia. Thank you very much indeed for this inspiration clip.

  • Thank you for this… I follow Bicycle Touring Pro regularly, and the Kevin (shall we call it) “series” were my favorites! Kevin, I hope, and plan, to grow up just like you…

  • It is good to see your ol friend Kevin is doing well and excited to go on a bike tour. I was wondering if the discussion was going to include coffee breaks and you didn’t disappoint. Lol You better do your homework and locate some quality coffee locals! I look forward to seeing your bike tour with Kevin.

  • On my work travels I have gotten to know a gentleman who was once a doctor, he has dementia but is still quite compos mentis and is 94 years old he took a degree in English at the age of 67. He says the same things to me every year I meet him, he always askes me my age I’m almost 55 he tells me your stills a boy!

  • You are an inspiration Kevin. I am your age and you have given me incentive to go bike touring. Looking forward to following both of you on this tour.

  • I like your videos they are very inspirational! I am 65 and ride almost 25 or 30 miles every other day It may not seem like much compared to many of you riders out there but riding in the city it is harder than it sounds! I feel like I am 20! I lost weight and have increased my energy level! I am very jealous of all that beautiful countryside you have to ride! I live in the heart of NYC!

  • Thanks so much! I’ll be 60 this year and still go to work by bike each morning 22 kilometers and when I’m in a good mood and there’s no traffic I head 42 km/h! My vacation last year were 600 km through France in 6 days… And yes, sometimes I overtake a young male cyclist ���� The electric cyclists overtake me uphills but downhill I say “adios” to them, overtaking them with much more speed! Greetings from Berlin ��

  • What great guys, you have changed me a little, I am nearly a vegetarian.now, over the year I have bought stuff for my bicycle hiking stove, panniers, tent, as when I watch your video’s I think, “the guys show us that if you put in good work, good things happen”.

  • Hmmm…the Odd Couple (before your time, Darren)…coffee vs. no coffee… sleeping in vs. crowing with the roosters…now which is Felix and which is Oscar? You two are terrific!!! Need a podcast.