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MTB cyclists defy age to ride on passion

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Cycling in India is generally not considered a sport but a mode of transport. But some not only take it as a sporting discipline but also race in it.

A few of them indulge in mountain biking and a handful also defy age to take to the sport competitively well into their 40s and 50s, ages when several retire into their countryside homes, reports The Times of India.

Take 56-year-old Reimund Dietzen, for example, who began off-roading on retiring after a nine-year career in on-road racing where he took part in the most famous cycle race of the world — Tour de France — and the prestigious Vuelta a Espana, where he was on the podium thrice.

“After retiring in 1990, I took up mountain biking as a hobby as I wanted to remain fit. Mountain biking is an adventure and also keeps my body and muscles in shape,” Dietzen, who raced professionally from 1982 to 1990, told IANS.

The German is one of the few riders in their 50s who were taking part in the 11th MTB Himalaya — an off-road, cross country endurance race, also considered one of the toughest in the world, that was recently held across Himachal Pradesh.

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