Bike Stars & Big-Time Motivation 

Sage Advice from Cycling Superstars
They can teach us a lot about staying fit as we age

Since cycling is a life-long sport, Bike for Life features in-depth interviews of older cycling stars who've made it their life: three-time Olympian John Howard; Spinning creator Johnny G.; mountain-bike icons Rebecca Rusch, Tinker Juarez, Gary Fisher, Marla Streb, Missy Giove, Juli Furtado and Ned Overend; Specialized founder Mike Sinyard; Road racing empresario Jim Ochowicz; legendary Polish-American coach Eddie B.; the shirtless, shoeless wonderman of La Ruta, Heart Akerson; NBA bike-loving legend Bill Walton; 70-year-old off-road star Wendy Skean; the one and only Rich "the Reverend" White, and 1932 Olympians John Sinabaldi and Russell Allen, who rode into their 90's. They offer valuable health & life lessons for us all. 










Chapter 11 offers a menu of ideas for staying exciting about cycling by participating in local events, touring in far-away places, pushing the envelope, bonding with friends & family, empowering your female friends, and doing some good for your fellow man.


Photos, clockwise from below: Member of Real Rydaz bike club at CicLAvia, L.A.'s 150,000-strong party on wheels; Famous bridge crossing at the legendary La Ruta stage race; at 12,000 feet on day 5 of 300-mile Breck Epic stage race; Wendy Engelberg, tired of riding with impatient men, started L.A.'s 500-strong Girlz Gone Riding bike club;  visiting the iconic Madonna del Ghysallo (a.k.a. "the cyclists's church") at a business-trip-turned-bike-tour of Lake Como, Italy; Hydration failure at the 1200-km Paris-Brest-Paris ride led to this; Pit-stop at Boise, ID capitol during a Portland-to-Yellowstone father-and-son tandem ride; top of 13,796-ft. Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii; Center: end of Trafalgar Square to Red Square 5-week bike trip into the Soviet Union. 





Keep your eyes on the prize. Yes, stretching, weights, cross-training and eating a healthy diet take some work. But it's all necessary to keep doing THE MOST FUN THING ON EARTH:  RIDING YOUR BIKE AS MUCH AND AS LONG AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. On a bike, there's a million events to do and places to go — enough to stay endlessly motivated. That's why the new Bike for Life has a whole chapter listing fun and challenging road and mountain events across the continent and the world (Chapter 14, "The Journey) and proudly has added two new chapters that highlight the sport's amazing personalities and possibilities — "Chapter 10, "Roll Models" and Chapter 11, "Big Time Motivation."  That's in addition to 12 updated in-depth oral-history interviews with the sport's most successful and influential athletes and innovators. 

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