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Any 40 plus riders here?

SK6

Turbo Monkey
Jul 10, 2001
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Shut up and ride...
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 )
 

DHS

Friendly Neighborhood Pool Boy
Apr 23, 2002
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Sand, CA
Brian HCM#1 said:
I'll be 40 next June............................................................ That really sucks:(
hm could have sworen you were in your early 50s. i still ride with a ton of people that are around that age.
:cool:
 

SK6

Turbo Monkey
Jul 10, 2001
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Shut up and ride...
Brian HCM#1 said:
I'll be 40 next June............................................................ That really sucks:(

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." ;)
 

downhill mike

Turbo Monkey
Mar 23, 2005
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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.
 
Jun 4, 2002
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Berryville, VA
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.
 

vibiker

Monkey
May 3, 2004
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Santa Clara / Vashon
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:.




Brian HCM#1 said:
I'll be 40 next June............................................................ That really sucks:(
Hey, be glad you almost 40. It beats the alternative. You could be dead.
 

MikeD

Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists
Oct 26, 2001
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chez moi
You think it's bad for YOU?? I'm going to turn *30* in a year!!!!!
 

SK6

Turbo Monkey
Jul 10, 2001
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Shut up and ride...
evilbob said:
47 This season, 48 by next March. Lookin forward to more riding/racing next year than I was able to do this year.

Dude, I just saw the speed metal site.....You guys have any jerseys? The Iron Maiden’esque logo is cool! :thumb:
 

DHZombie

Chimp
Jul 12, 2005
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Leesburg, VA
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:
 

Edgy

Monkey
May 1, 2003
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O.C
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:
 

wood-dog

Turbo Monkey
Jun 20, 2005
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the mid-west armpit!
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!
 

douglas

Chocolate Milk Doug
May 15, 2002
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Shut up and Ride
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:
 

partsbara

Turbo Monkey
Nov 16, 2001
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getting Xtreme !
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 !!!
 

Killerbarbies

Monkey
Sep 29, 2004
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Slovakia
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.
 

Brian HCM#1

MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 7, 2001
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Bay Area, California
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: