June 19, 2013 // 1:16 PM

Cycling – A Sport for the ‘Big Kids’

Written by Scott Miller

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In my youth, I had great dreams like every other kid does. At the top of the list was one distinct dream: riding a “big kid” bike. Forget that tricycle, the scooter and the training wheels – I reached a point where I was ready to move on to a sophisticated method of transportation.

I can vaguely remember the day I was liberated from those 2 extra wheels. My dad supported me upright as I gingerly put one foot in front of the other on the pedals. He released his hold… and this is where my memory gets fuzzy. (Maybe I fell and lost some brain cells?)

Eventually I learned how to support myself and ride victoriously around the block. A few tumbles transpired along the way, but that’s what Band-Aids are for.

I’m sure you can relate. How did you learn to ride a bike? What color was it? Did you have a basket on it? Where was your favorite place to go for a ride? What was your most dangerous bike spill?

The answers to those questions may require a trip down memory lane, but a cycling trip down a lane? That doesn’t have to stop after our childhood years. Cycling is one of the rare sports that you never outgrow.

In fact, I believe (and so do countless others) that your cycling experience and enjoyment can increase with age.

The Seasoned Observer

June 1, 2013 marked yet another Pedal to Preserve, an annual cycling event to benefit Lancaster Farmland Trust. Appropriately, the 6, 20 and 51-mile bike rides were routed through the county's picturesque farmland.

I spoke with Karen Dickerson, who is the Director of Communications and Marketing with Lancaster Farmland Trust. She has managed the Pedal to Preserve event since 2005.

My curiosity spiked when Karen told me that the oldest registered cyclist for this year's event was 81-years-old and conquering the 51-mile ride. Now that's inspiring!

As she has watched registrations flood in, Karen has observed a significant number of cyclists age 50 and older. "It seems that the majority of our riders choose the 51-mile ride over the 20


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