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Seniors show they can still rack up the kilometres

Campbell Macgregor from CQ University has won a scholarship to undertake research in to cycling training involving masters cyclists.
Campbell Macgregor from CQ University has won a scholarship to undertake research in to cycling training involving masters cyclists. Chris Ison Rokccycle

AGE is only a number when it comes to cycling.

Cyclists up to 70 years old are still racking up the kilometres, according to a CQUniversity researcher.

Campbell Macgregor is looking at cyclists current training practises and is finding cyclists don't decrease their training as they get up in age.

"We're finding that training volume remains pretty constant, so cyclists really love their sport across all age spectrums," he said.

But Mr Macgregor's research did show 44-55 year olds didn't get on the bike as often, but are hitting the pavement for longer rides.

While 33-44 year olds are getting on the bike regularly, but are going shorter distances.

"I think family and career commitments might not have kicked in as much for the 33-44 year olds, so they are getting on the bike more often."

Mr Macgregor is doing the research as part of his Masters degree, and his research has even seen him travel to America.

The researcher took out the 2013 International Clinical Scholar Award from the American College of Sports Medicine.

The ACSM conference is the most prestigious of its type in the world and Mr Macgregor said the award is one of the biggest CQUniversity students can receive.

Mr Macgregor, a regular cyclists himself, isn't quite finished with cycling research yet.

While he is only looking at training habits of Queensland cyclists, he plans to launch his research to the whole of Australia as part of his PhD.

Topics:  cquiniversity rockhampton


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