The Horrible Hundred routes are posted, and cyclists this year will find the familiar favorites with a tweak or two to keep it interesting. For my money, the rides are the best in Florida, taking advantage of the hilly terrain in south Lake County for routes up to a century. This year starts with a cycling and fitness expo at Waterfront Park in Clermont on Nov. 18 and rides of 35, 70 and 100 miles on Nov. 19. (The expo is still in place on Sunday for you to enjoy after your post-ride lunch.)
I took up cycling in 2012, perhaps, as the New Yorker cartoon above suggests, to outrun middle age. I was in my mid-50s by then. Long ago I gave up running after my doctor advised that I could keep it up, but I would have to have my knees replaced. (Please don’t write me and tell me people just need the right shoes or stride to run deep into old age. Knee pain combined with a cyst on my heel made running a distance memory.)
When I had to stop cycling after a car accident last year, I told people it affected my mental health. Now I find out that my flip remark has some basis in research. Two British professors published a study recently that indicated cycling benefits mental health. They also turned me onto a new word, Mamils, which stands for “Middle-Aged Men in Lycra.”“Our new research has found that Mamils aren’t cycling primarily to relive their youth or prove they can still compete against other men.
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