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Leading the Peleton

In the past two years I have become very enthusiastic about bicycling.

 

Now I ride 5 or 6 days most weeks, covering distances of between 45 and 170 kilometres each day. I ride for pleasure, but also set myself challenges to go further and faster, and even have a couple of ambitious targets for the longer term.

 

Mostly I ride alone, but occasionally I ride with friends I have made through chance meetings on the road.

 

Now I am also competing in occasional races. These pics are from a recent 65km race where I got to compete against some of Thailand's best road cyclists. The top image illustrates my lack of experience in racing...I towed this group of riders [all much younger than me] for up to 40 km with none of them prepared to offer me a spell at the front so they were all cruising along with about 30% less effort than me. No matter...I am enjoying the challenges and the learning.

 

Cycling

 

Leading the Peleton

In the past two years I have become very enthusiastic about bicycling.

 

Now I ride 5 or 6 days most weeks, covering distances of between 45 and 170 kilometres each day. I ride for pleasure, but also set myself challenges to go further and faster, and even have a couple of ambitious targets for the longer term.

 

Mostly I ride alone, but occasionally I ride with friends I have made through chance meetings on the road.

 

Now I am also competing in occasional races. These pics are from a recent 65km race where I got to compete against some of Thailand's best road cyclists. The top image illustrates my lack of experience in racing...I towed this group of riders [all much younger than me] for up to 40 km with none of them prepared to offer me a spell at the front so they were all cruising along with about 30% less effort than me. No matter...I am enjoying the challenges and the learning.

 

Cycling

 

comments (9)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2018, 00:21
Je vois que tu affectionnes particulièrement les courses de vélos.
Ray: Oh oui ... le vélo est amusant, et la course cycliste est encore plus amusante!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 17 Feb 2018, 06:34
I admire you because you never stop learning. This bike racing lark will toughen you up, or ensure your heroic demise..
Ray: So much still to learn and experience, Chris, and time is getting short!


Ha Ha...yes, my end could make the Sports Blogs!
Bravo ..jusqu'a 170 kms jour ..wouah !!
Bonne jourée à  toi
Ray: Je pense que je pourrais faire du cyclotourisme sur de longues distances quand j'ai 75 ans, Claudine.
There is a lot oft tactics to cycle racing, a sport I enjoy watching on TV through the summer. I often reflect that when imwas a young man it is a sport I might have enjoyed taking part in, now, unlike you, I'm too old and unfit!
Ray: I say "never too old" Brian...I am still improving and hope to peak when I am about 75 years young... smile
I like the look of utter concentration.
Ray: I am standing up on the pedals, Mary...about to make yet another effort to power away from these free-riders...in this position it is entirely possible I will lose my balance and fall over, as my bicycle handling skills are laughable...concentration is essential! smile
Good for you!
Ray: I try, Bill! smile
Something psychological about being in first place... I think.
Congratulations to you, Ray - an amazing accomplishment at any age!
Ray: I am enjoying the challenges of racing, Elizabeth...a great opportunity for learning!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Feb 2018, 16:23
Ray, I so love this 'cycling-life' for you. I know this gives you tremendous pleasure and fulfillment. Soon I will be free to have my days of cycling too and will share my adventures on SC.... Great pictures and please don't get killed on the roads.....
I've never tried racing, I'd be too afraid to be ridiculous I think tongue But you give me hope that I can still get better no matter how finished I feel

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