When I turned 60 (in 2015), I realised that I was no longer middle aged and, therefore, no longer a MAMIL. Not being prepared to give up either the cycling or the lycra, I decided to embrace being an OMIL – an Old Man In Lycra. This is a blog about the pleasure, pain and challenge that cycling brings to me.
In the few years that I’ve been cycling as my main hobby and sport, I have completed the 2013 Etape du Tour and in 2015 did L’Eroica in Tuscany and joined the Club des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux – with ascents of the Giant of Provence by each of the three routes in a day (Eroica and Cingles Du Mont Ventoux).
Along the way I did the Wiggle Dragon Ride (Gran Fondo) plus other sportives and, much earlier, ran the London Marathon (sub 4 hours) in 1998 and 1999.
The latest challenge was the utter madness of a successful ‘everesting’ in July 2017, in the Alps – 282 km and 8912 metres of climbing in an elapsed 22.5 hours – it’s covered in the blog (here).