Young at heart

Florent Piovesan produced this delightful short film to celebrate his grandfather’s 80th birthday and his love of cycling. Yet another reminder of how cycling keeps us young!    

But don’t just take my word for it, recently published research from King’s College London and Birmingham University revealed that regularly active cyclists over the age of 55 had much younger levels of physiological function. One of the King’s team concluded:

Inevitably, our bodies will experience some decline with age, but staying physically active can buy you extra years of function compared to sedentary people.

Cycling not only keeps you mentally alert, but requires the vigorous use of many of the body’s key systems, such as your muscles, heart and lungs which you need for maintaining health and for reducing the risks associated with numerous diseases.

Of course, one of the most famous elderly cyclists is centenarian French rider Robert Marchand, aged 103, who over a year ago (and almost nine decades after he first started racing) smashed his own age group Hour record – a category specially created for him by the UCI.

What more encouragement do you need? Get cycling!

9 thoughts on “Young at heart

    • Sheree says:

      When I started cycling a few years ago I rode with a couple of 80+ year old guys who had to wait for me! They looked way younger than their real ages and provided me with real inspiration. This film rather reminded me of them and they’re still going strong.

  1. One of the guys I cycle with is 74 and still going very strong. He’s a real inspiration. Must say, I like cycling with multi-age groups so much experience, wisdom, silliness and good banter etc.

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