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Are the pros staying better longer?/Maturing later?(12 posts)

Are the pros staying better longer?/Maturing later?BAi9302010
May 13, 2002 12:30 PM
If you think about it, 5 or 10 years ago, most of the best professionals were in their late twenties and they started slowing as they reached their early thirties.
Now it seems that the best professionals are in their early-mid thirties, some even in their late thirties.
Could this be because they're maturing later? I was also thinking, maybe it's because the way they train has changed. People used to think that eating mostly carbs, keeping your weight/body mass down, and doing long rides was the best way of training. Now, more people are eating protein, lifting weights, and doing quality over quantity when training on the bike.

A few riders that come to mind are:

Lance Armstrong- 31 (and still improving)
Alex Zulle- 36 in June
Andrei Tchmil- 39
Kent Bostick- 49
Eric Wohlberg-37
Laurent Jalabert- 34 in November
Johan Museuuw- 37 in October

Andrei Tchmil:
I don't think so,TJeanloz
May 13, 2002 12:41 PM
Both Bartali and Coppi raced into their late 30s, early 40s. Indurain was in his mid-30's at his peak. It is often thought that cyclists reach their prime age in their early to mid-thirties- Ullrich was the real surprise when he won the Tour at 23.
Hinault won the Tour in 1978 at the age of 23...Tom C
May 13, 2002 12:55 PM
and the Tour of Spain and the Grand Prix des Nations. I think Ullrich was a month younger however when he took his.
We talked about this before when we were all writing offSintesi at home
May 13, 2002 1:22 PM
George Hincapie's prospects after his marginally disappointing results this year. I think the consensus was that a lot (if not most)of the "hard men" of cycling don't find that form until they are in their thirties. Something to do with mental toughness and and experience.

Go Tchmil! and bring back Duclos-Lasalle!
And don't forget Joop Zoetemelk,guido
May 13, 2002 8:23 PM
the top winning Dutchman, 80 wins, who won the TDF in 1980, and placed second a couple of times. He started the most tours, 16, from 1970 to 1986, and would have won more were it not for Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault. He won the World Championship in 1985, at the age of 38, and quit racing at 41, after winning the Amstel Gold Classic.
who is kent bostick 49yrs old ...what has he done...nmishmael
May 13, 2002 12:51 PM
who is kent bostick 49yrs old ...what has he done...nmSintesi at home
May 13, 2002 1:14 PM
He's a really good masters time trialist who keeps flipping people's wigs by continuing to get high placings well into his forties. He's the great hope (and a pretty good argument at that) of the gray(ing) set.

I think if you do search in this very forum more stuff would pop up about him. The guy is something else that's for sure.
who is kent bostick 49yrs old ...what has he done...nmJustride
May 13, 2002 1:17 PM
Kent Bostic (aka.Bostisuarus due to his age) rode for team Shaklee and others on the domestic road and track scene for the last 20 years. He was also on the 1996 USA Olympic team in Pursuit I believe. He is a great athlete and competitor but he is out of his league in this list of names. You can read more about him here:
Doesn't Google work on your computer?Kerry
May 13, 2002 5:17 PM
I did a search on "Kent Bostick" and got 350 hits. The very first one discussed his 12 national titles, two world titles, membership on the 1996 Olympic team, etc. just in the header. It's really not that hard to be a little bit self sufficient.
350 hits!!!! what more did you come up withishmael
May 14, 2002 5:40 AM
a couple of times every day i try to give other people the opportunity to do something for makes them feel better about themselves and i feel better too since i gave them the opportunity to feel as if they have done a nice deed for the day...dont spoil the good feeling
re: Are the pros staying better longer?/Maturing later?t-bill
May 13, 2002 1:46 PM
I would never compare myself to the pros, but I can see similar qaulities in my own fitness. I am definitely more mentally tough, and fitter (cardio if not necessarily muscle) at 33 than I was at 23. Part of it comes down to experience. When these guys are 23 they're intimidated by all the other pros. When they're 33 they know everyone else is scared too, and they use all that experience to their advantage. You definitely have to have the legs and lungs, but the older riders have the mental edge. It's kinda' like how your dad can always still kick your a$$! You never get the edge. Kinda!
mental toughness ...tarwheel
May 14, 2002 4:22 AM
I wouldn't even compare myself with local Cat 5 racers, but I also have improved with age. I'm 48 and have ridden my best times ever during the past year. I am cycling more now than when I was in my 20s, when I was more of a runner. But I also think I am more disciplined and mentally tough than I was when younger. Read the novel "The Yellow Jersey" for a fictional but very realistic portrayal of an aging racer.