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53 year old , what can i expect to achieve ?

Back on a road bike after many years off it. Obviously not going to be a quick or strong and my stamina wont be as it was but what could i acheive ? Would like to know of experiences from other late starters.

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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,659
    Well, 3 years ago I cycled through the Pyrenees with a 56 year old guy who's main cycling had been on a stationary bike in the gym.
    So pretty much anything if you set your mind to it.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 6,711
    What do you want to achieve? Set yourself some targets. Work on them. See how you progress. Review and adapt accordingly. Primarily enjoy yourself.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,199
    The only limit is in your mind TBH. I didn't start riding again until my 40s and only started comutting to start with. I'm 55 this year and overweight at 82kg but still lighter than I started. I've done TT,s, Audax, sportives, Duathlons, XC MTB races and I've been soundly beaten by people 15 / 20 yrs older. Just take it steady and build up the stamina and strength gradually, no good going all out and injuring yourself. As reminder to myself when I'm struggling, I think back to riding cannock chase and feeling pleased I'd got to the top of a climb and passing people wheezing their heads off only to be passed by a 70yr old on a single speed bike with no suspension. As good as you may get their is always someone better or worse than you. Get yourself on Strava or similar, can be done on a smartphone which most people have and track your journey onwards. Good luck.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 25,088
    What do you want to achieve?

    If you are not morbidly obese and you don't have serious health issues, then there is not much you cannot achieve, other than a professional contract.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,003
    You definitely won't win a junior or under 23 title, but most other stuff is probably doable. Pro contract is probably out too, although you never know...
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    If you didn't train properly in the past - you could definitely be faster and stronger than you were when you were younger.

    Join a club and you'll get your censored whipped by OAPs. To begin with anyway.
  • markiegrimmarkiegrim Posts: 132
    I’m 52 and find I’m much stronger now than when I started cycling 7 years ago. Just build up slowly and persevere. As others have said ave mph depends on many factors. Most important to just enjoy
  • fiverearsfiverears Posts: 38
    What you ought to be looking to achieve is GREAT FUN

    Fun never deserts you.
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,644
    I'm 51 and I find that I need a bit longer to recover than when I was younger.
    Apart from that small difference, you can achieve whatever you want to.
  • As OP hasn't been back on here since his original post can we assume that the flame has flickered and died?
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,003

    As OP hasn't been back on here since his original post can we assume that the flame has flickered and died?


    What - in three days??
  • focuszing723focuszing723 Posts: 1,080
    edited 17 April

    As OP hasn't been back on here since his original post can we assume that the flame has flickered and died?

    He 'liked' people responses who positively contributed with their experience. I would imagine now they are being used as motivation.
  • As OP hasn't been back on here since his original post can we assume that the flame has flickered and died?

    He 'liked' people responses who positively contributed with their experience. I would imagine now they are being used as motivation.
    Just done my first 10 miles for a number of years .. now recuperating!
  • focuszing723focuszing723 Posts: 1,080

    As OP hasn't been back on here since his original post can we assume that the flame has flickered and died?

    He 'liked' people responses who positively contributed with their experience. I would imagine now they are being used as motivation.
    Just done my first 10 miles for a number of years .. now recuperating!
    That's good going, sunny next week too:)
  • navrig2navrig2 Posts: 1,556
    I'm 57. Started 10 years ago and have achieved way more than I expected. I remember my first 50 mile ride. I thought I had conquered the world!!

    Since then I have done several mile centuries, climbed many TdF style cols, enjoyed Mallorca's best and broken two bones.

    You are only restricted by your own imagination and the level of grip between your tyres and the tarmac.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,521
    Started at 39 after wasting my life playing football. Since then I've gone from fat piss artist to marginally less fat racer, TTer and long distance rider. The world's your lobster.
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Norvern Munkey/Transplanted Laaandoner.
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