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Unaccustomed as I am...

Here is a pic of me receiving my trophy for finishing in 10th place in a recent bicycle race.

 

The race was conducted not far from our house, so I felt the opportunity was too good to pass up. The race was on the roads, and was 90km long...it included hilly rides to Ta Kwai and Ta Meung, two Khmer Ancient sites I have showed previously on SC...there were about 300+ competitors of which about 200+ were serious riders and possessed amazingly high-end bicycles [carbon fibre frames, electronic gear changers, etc]...I was the oldest competitor, probably riding the oldest bike, and also the only foreigner, which made me a bit of a celebrity as I was invited into many team photos.

 

I was delighted with the results...10th overall...2nd in the 40+ category, and would have been first in the 50+ category if there was one.

 

As can be seen, I changed into less revealing costume after the race so that sensitive types like our Alan would not choke on seeing me in a lycra suit. Actually...here is a shot of me posing as an honorary member of a team before the race started, and I am wearing the tight lycra kit in it...

Cycling

Unaccustomed as I am...

Here is a pic of me receiving my trophy for finishing in 10th place in a recent bicycle race.

 

The race was conducted not far from our house, so I felt the opportunity was too good to pass up. The race was on the roads, and was 90km long...it included hilly rides to Ta Kwai and Ta Meung, two Khmer Ancient sites I have showed previously on SC...there were about 300+ competitors of which about 200+ were serious riders and possessed amazingly high-end bicycles [carbon fibre frames, electronic gear changers, etc]...I was the oldest competitor, probably riding the oldest bike, and also the only foreigner, which made me a bit of a celebrity as I was invited into many team photos.

 

I was delighted with the results...10th overall...2nd in the 40+ category, and would have been first in the 50+ category if there was one.

 

As can be seen, I changed into less revealing costume after the race so that sensitive types like our Alan would not choke on seeing me in a lycra suit. Actually...here is a shot of me posing as an honorary member of a team before the race started, and I am wearing the tight lycra kit in it...

Cycling

comments (11)

  • Alan
  • Cannon Beach, Oregon.
  • 10 Sep 2017, 02:24
Hahah!! Well done! I can see where your son gets his geese from when he excels. I wonder too where I would be in my age group (i refuse to pay for the Premium version of Strava). I'd love a bike with a carbon fame and electronic gears, Even if I had the money there does not seem to be that combination with disc brakes.
Ray: Yup! Son Jake gets his geese from me, Alan. smile

I don't have the paid version of Strava, but seem to be able to get some stats.

The bike that is holding me up in this pic is my son Jake's ancient steel frame roadbike [which he handed to me when he decided to move from on-road triathlons to off-road ones], and it certainly doesn't have electronic gears.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Sep 2017, 06:57
Oh yes, you are a celebrity, my congratulation, you look very attractive in your lycra suit!
Ray: I see that my choice of second picture was unfortunate, Philine...it shows that my prosthetic left leg has fallen off! smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Sep 2017, 07:27
Your are fast becoming a legend and inspiration for oldies worldwide..
Ray: Ha Ha

A legend in my own lunch-time, Chris...
You are a star Mr Ray
Ray: Better than being a Black Hole, I suppose, Bill... smile
Good on ya, Mate. Congratulations on this feat, Ray.
Ray: I enjoyed this "test", Mary.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Sep 2017, 16:34
Félicitations !
Ray: Merci, Martine.
a 90 kl race over rough roads and coming in 10 out of 300 competitors is a great result...

CONGRETULATIONS Ray!!!
....petersmile
Ray: It was good fun, Peter. Mostly I just ride on my own, so it was a novelty to spend 3 hours riding in company.
Congratulations Ray. I like your alter ego on the billboard.
Ray: Ha Ha

Yes...a slim, young, fit version of me, Larry!
Hoooooray!!!!
Ray: Thank you [takes a bow!] Elizabeth.
You certainly believe in making the most of life Ray.
Ray: Most Thais think we move on to another life, Brian, but I feel this is my only one so I am trying to make as much of it as I can.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Sep 2017, 20:12
This is serious business and congratulations with the result and the fame that never will be taken away from you!!!!!! Great pictures!!!
Ray: I like to keep trying to stretch the envelope, Astrid. I feel I have significant improvement still possible, and will see if I can make it happen. Life is good! smile

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