Select Page

80-year-old Cape Coral resident’s cycling tips include baked potatoes, fixing flats

80-year-old Cape Coral resident's cycling tips include baked potatoes, fixing flats

Sam Jones doesn’t hesitate when he talks about how cycling has has been beneficial to him. “Well, it’s kept me on the planet,” the 80-year-old…

Thursday, Aug 11

News

Sam Jones doesn’t hesitate when he talks about how cycling has has been beneficial to him.

“Well, it’s kept me on the planet,” the 80-year-old said with a wry chuckle. “Mentally, it keeps me active on a daily basis. I don’t sit around and crawl into a cave.

“I got a partial military disability. When I go to the VA clinic, there are people 15, 20 years my junior, and all beat up. I don’t want to be in that category so I stay physically active.”

More: Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club still rolling along after 35 years

The Cape Coral resident used cycling to stay in shape when he took part in motocross when he was younger. He is using it now because he’s considering taking part in the Senior Olympics.

“I wanted to wait until I got to 80 so I could get in a better class,” he said, half-jokingly.

A member of Caloosa Riders for four years, Jones also has become a state-certified rider marshal. In Southwest Florida, the position is known more as a ride leader.Here are five of his favorite tips: Cycling lightens you: Jones said he’s helped other people get interested in the sport, partly because of the health benefits. “This year I’ve given three to four people encouragement and a little technical help and they’ve come back as active members where they’re riding 50-60 miles,” he said. “One gentleman, he was pretty heavy, around 380 pounds. By cycling, he’s lost 70 pounds. Another was 285 or 275. […]

Share This