Going the Distance at Any Age

You’re never too old to ride.

Lan Yin “Eiko” Tsai, 84, rides 150 miles in high heels and a turtleneck on a old fashion purple singlespeed in to fight MS. (via Cyclelicio.us and CNN)

A tiny 84-year-old woman wears a neat, green turtleneck dress and an embroidered jacket. On her feet is a pair of high-heeled pumps. Her salt-and-pepper hair peeks out from the helmet that indicates she is, in fact, a participant in the bike ride. Her old-fashioned one-speed bicycle is purple, with a large wire basket on the front that carries her belongings and her number for the ride.

From the age of 67 – 85, Robert Mettauer has ridden over 70,000 miles. His goal ten miles a day.

Mettauer likes to be active, because of the health benefits. “Age doesn’t have to stop you,” he said in an interview Tuesday with the Times. “At any age you can do things. Today I’ve already put 10 miles on my bike, and (my lady friend and neighbor) Shirley (Thomas) and I are going out to paint my house. She’s 83 and I’m 85. It’s not hard.”


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