I have been racing a long time, long enough to remember wearing leather shoes and no helmet, long enough to think toe clips were revolutionary and the only good bike was a steel bike. Now that I turned 50, and am making my comeback to racing, I have a fresh perspective on how this racing thing really works.
Firstly, it is a 5 year progression to get up to near your potential. 5 years ago my friends Peter Wicklund, George Yates and Peter DelMissier put a charity team together that got me riding every Thursday night and doing 6 centuries each summer. Each year I have gotten faster and fallen back in love with cycling as a result. The other part is my son was 5 when I started and each year he needs less of my time and that has also fueled my enthusiasm, I have been able to see progress.
I see it every week, people coming back into racing after 5-10-15 years of (or disappear because of the following):
-going to school
-building a career
-trying other hobbies
-financial or life issues
-just eating and drinking without the cycling until they reach threshold and want to change
I love seeing some old racing buddies coming back to it…