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!