ANTONISH wrote:Incidentally I can see plenty of obese persons locally in Kent - no need to travel to Tyneside.
Also sixty isn't elderly.
I visited Ashford (Kent), once. We were looking at houses.
I was struck by the different sort of person you get in Ashford compared to say Guildford, and the various implications of this. (Mostly that there are lots of people in Ashford who are neither rich nor healthy, and not so many, relatively, in Guildford.)
(Of course Guildford at 10pm on Saturday night is unpleasant as is anywhere else, however the feel on a say Tuesday lunchtime is quite different between the two.)
Slightly more on topic, I headed out today for a ride and bumped into a couple of chaps probably in their 30s. Slightly tubby looking (though not any more than me). Where are you going? 'Train station, just did the "spring onion" sportive. Around the Surrey Hills'.
Anyway I got back home and looked up their ride. £22.50 for 65 miles. I did 61 miles for free (ok, I purchased some sugary liquid in Haslemere from a nice man who asked me if I liked cricket (he was Indian and was watching the Indian bish-bash-bosh league on his phone)), and the same amount of climbing.
So that's a digression, but the tubby chaps doing the sportive I think had come quite far as they were heading to Woking station whereas the ride started in Cobham, there seems to be a thing of 'event' cycling in that some people doing these things perhaps only ride once in a blue moon. Whereas the 'ageing cyclists' who are retired and do two or three such runs a week, are much fitter.
The extreme version of this is the London - Brighton ride, which is a rather unpleasant affair designed for people who don't like cycling and designed to confirm that prejudice.
I am sure cycling must be very good for the heart and other organs, in that mine was pumping at a good rate for 4 hours and this must be better than most other forms of exercise. Especially if it is regular exercise and not just something done once a year as an 'event'.
So in the end you get some very fit 70 year olds who are much fitter and stronger than the average 25 year old. (Although from what I can see there's a decent chance of a regular 70 year old cyclist having a heart attack during a ride, and not a very good chance of an irregular 25 year old doing the same.)