Silver Grey Mountain bikers

 

The Tour de France has entered its third and final week and will finish this weekend in Paris, so our thoughts turned to two-wheeled sports. We came across these two stories about people well into Silver Grey territory, but mountain bikers rather than road cyclists.

 

The Tour de France has entered its third and final week and will finish this weekend in Paris, so our thoughts turned to two-wheeled sports. We came across these two stories about people well into Silver Grey territory, but mountain bikers rather than road cyclists.

 

 

Frederic Schmid is a three time world Masters Cyclo Cross (XC) champion, who didn't take up the sport until he was in his sixties. Evidently he began when his wife bought him a bike when he retired. They ride together, and here's some footage of the two of them riding a trail in Cameron Park, Waco, Texas. His wife, who doesn't get much of a mention not being a world champion herself, still in our view deserves acknowledgement. Once started, Schmid quickly became hooked and began riding competitively. He has won three world titles, including XC 75+ in 2012, and still competes swell as hitting the trails for pleasure at getting on for 80.

 

Reading about him on various web-sites he appears to be something of a legend, and an inspirational figure in the MTB community.


And another story.

 

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Someone who rides for pleasure and fitness (and the pleasure of being fit, presumably, at past the age of 65).

 

While looking around for this story, we came across many examples of mountain bike riders aged 60-plus. It seems a great activity involving strength, fitness and daring, a perfect combination for getting the most out of life after the age of 50.

 

Websites visited:-

www.mtbr.com
www.singletracks.com
www.cyclingdirt.org
www.mountain-bike-diaries.com