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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by SK6, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. SK6

    SK6 Turbo Monkey

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    I'm going to be 40 this December, and I feel like an old man sometimes when I go riding, as I’m usually one of the oldest to be on the top of the mountain.

    I see a lot of XC'ers, but not a lot of DH'ers...

    Essentially, this is a "make me feel good" about turning 40 thread.

    (Truthfully, it's a justification to my wife thread! :D )
     
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  2. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    I'll be 40 next June............................................................ That really sucks:(
     
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  3. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    I believe, well actually know Narlus is older than me. He rides DH, and @ N* too:thumb:
     
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  4. DHS

    DHS Friendly Neighborhood Pool Boy

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    hm could have sworen you were in your early 50s. i still ride with a ton of people that are around that age.
    :cool:
     
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  5. SK6

    SK6 Turbo Monkey

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    Damn dude, your ass is old! :p

    I feel a hell of a lot better! :thumb:

    I noticed that at this age, there ain't no such thing as, "Jumping out of bed." ;)
     
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  6. Frankenschwinn

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    Very soon for me. next year will be my last year in 30-39...
     
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  7. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    It sucks, every morning I get out of bed my body just aches.
     
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  8. lux

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    I'll be 44 this month. On my way to Snowshoe for the last weekend 'fore ski season.
     
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  9. downhill mike

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    43 and going faster and bigger each year. so far.
    the older you are also means the more years you have to improve your riding.
     
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    Punk kids... :D
     
  11. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    I know, you invented the wheel :p
     
  12. SK6

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    I'm guessing dirt, is your younger brother? :D

    :p
     
  13. Renegade

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    I'll be 49 in february; you 40 year olds are just a bunch of young punks! ;)
     
  14. S.K.C.

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    SirKnight6 - go to this link:
    http://www.norbanationals.com/results/snow2005/

    ...then click on the results for Beginner and Sport class...

    I won Men's Beginner/Am Class 30-34.

    If you look at some of the times for guys 50 and over for Sport and Expert, they totally smoked my time!

    Keep on rockin. You're fine.
     
  15. The Professor

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    Yeah man, 41 last Jan. Started late riding DH at about 37. Good thing is the over 40 sport class is not that deep. I currently have kidney stones and all my non-riding friends say I should slow down and quit riding. Jesus christ! I'm just starting to get some speed! I can't see not riding until I physically can't.
    I can go riding motorcross or quads any time, but DH just makes me feel more alive.
     
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    Exactly.
     
  17. vibiker

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    I started DHing a few years back at 45. Now at 47, I can handle most anything that my punk friends ride, and usually at or toward the front of the pack. Maybe my punk friends are pansies too :rolleyes:.




    Hey, be glad you almost 40. It beats the alternative. You could be dead.
     
  18. MikeD

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    You think it's bad for YOU?? I'm going to turn *30* in a year!!!!!
     
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    47 This season, 48 by next March. Lookin forward to more riding/racing next year than I was able to do this year.
     

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    Are you potty trained yet? :p

    :D

    (Sorry dude, I could not resist! :D )
     
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    don't doubt the old man strength...its real.
     
  22. SK6

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    Dude, I just saw the speed metal site.....You guys have any jerseys? The Iron Maiden’esque logo is cool! :thumb:
     
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    PM oly, he is one of the original team members. Here is another cool site from a local PNW ladies team speedybeaverracing :evil:
     
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    Just turned 42, no worries! Started racing expert DH at 36. Still pinning it & having fun!
     

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    Shut-up Mike. :p


    47, 48 in November and looking forward to Big Bear reopening next year. ;)


    -H
     
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    47 racing My first year at Expert :eviltongu
     
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    ah i thought fox had come out with a new non breaking fork
     
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    checking in at 42 here!
     
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    I'll be 47 next month !!

    This was my first year racing downhill. 4 1st's and a 3rd plus the MAC Championship for 'old fart beginners'. Took my share of spills. but if you ain't crashing you ain't goin fast enough !!! :dead:

    2006 season..... LOOK OUT Sport riders !!!! :sneaky:
     
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    All you guys give me hope. I am 35 and will moving into DH racing for the first time next year.
     
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    That would be old age and treachery :sneaky: :evil:
     
  32. douglas

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    39 next year, havent done much DH lately........but I am faster than I ever have been on a XC bike
     
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    44 this year and I feel I'm riding better than ever. Injury recovery time is the only issue I have...takes longer to heal.
    But if you're wondering do guys in their 40's rip? Ckeck out Stu from Turner/Honda....he's what keeps me sayin "I can get better" Thanks Stu! :evil:
     
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    I am sooo freaking happy I came across this thread because I turned 37 in Aug and am starting to question whether or not I am too old for this style of riding. I was thinking that I will still run DH for another year and then sell my bike, but now I am having second thoughts about it. Lets hear it for the old men! Wa-hoo!
     
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    WD, glad you can get your head back on straight;) .

    But I do have to chuckle at some of the youngsters who question their own riding future:rolleyes:.
     
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    I love it when someone says something about me being old, I always ask them How's it feel to not be able to keep up with someone xx years older than they are?

    :devil:
     
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    :think: Now only if I could actually ride..... :rolleyes:
     
  38. partsbara

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    i m 36 in a few days... gettin old is a twin edged sword.... on one side you have experience (i ve been riding DH since it s inception - before even)... on the other there is the pain / recovery thing...

    most of my riding mates are in there mid 20s... i can still ride with them, and ususally we are amoungst the fastest at the german resorts (except when nico vink is in town :) )... but i must admit, it is getting harder... i can ride all day long in my comfort zone and not crash... but when the lads start to push it a bit i need to give it a little more and i find myself out of my comfort zone (which isn t altogether a bad thing)...

    honestly i can t see myself getting much faster at my age, but i ll continue to ride as fast as my worthless old carcass can handle...

    go old fellas !!!
     
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    Golden birthday next year and enjoying my riding more than ever before since I got hooked on DH, and my wife (43 next year) has just got a hardtail and now rides with me. And until I take the full-face off and show all my grey hairs I don't think my age is that noticable.
     
  40. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    There are a lot of good excuses in being an older DH rider.

    Like when you're getting your ass kicked by a younger rider, all you say is, Dude, I know I'm slow but also I'm 20 years older than you............. You were still swimming around in your dad's sack when I graduated high School.

    Or, dude, you just got your ass kicked in DH by an old man.




    Use your age to it's advantage:D :thumb: