'You can get ridiculously fit after retirement': 70 year old who rode UK's toughest sportive reveals how to get better with age

Richard Barrett says he was faster in early retirement than he was in his thirties and forties

Richard Barrett riding up a steep climb
(Image credit: Credit Carlos Renia steveflemingphoto)

Cycling is an activity, or sport, you can enjoy at any age. Fitness writer Hannah Reynolds has been speaking to cyclists in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, bringing tips, advice and inspiration from cyclists who are still pedalling as the decades progress.

Richard Barrett is coming up to 71. Last year, he rode the challenging 112-mile Fred Whitton sportive in The Lake District in 2023 in just nine hours, and hopes to be the first person to complete it at 80. According to Barrett, the early years of retirement are a golden time for performance. 

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