How to stay fit as you age: Cycling into your 40s, 50s and beyond

A decline in your performance ceiling is natural as you age, but it doesn't mean you have to slow down - here's how you can adapt your training and approach to keep on getting faster

Training as you age

In the past, it was generally accepted that we decline physically from about the age of 40. To some extent this still holds true: the oldest Tour de France winner in history was Firmin Lambot at 36 – and that was back in 1922.

But these days, over-40s are performing at incredibly high levels across a wide range of sports – including cycling. Scientists, coaches and many riders have come to understand that slowing down past 40 isn’t inevitable, provided your training specifically targets those age-related limiters of performance. 

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.

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