'I try to hang in with the youngsters as much as possible': 68-year-old ex-Rugby player on racing with a new knee

A string of knee ops hasn't stopped Chris Dunn from pinning on a number

Chris Dunn racing at Preston Park
(Image credit: Johnny Appleby)

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.  

Ex-Rugby player Chris Dunn has endured a series of knee operations over the last two decades, but at the age of 68, he still continues to race. “I started in the late 1970’s but I’ve only ever been a third-cat rider. My sport was rugby but, in the summer, I’d get on my bike and do a few races and time trials,” he tells Cycling Weekly.

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Hannah Reynolds

Hannah Reynolds interest in cycling began while studying for a degree in Sports Science at the University College Chichester and surrounded by elite level cyclists. She is now undertaking a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University investigating the use of e-bikes by older people. 

A committed dabbler whose passion outweighed her talent Reynolds has competed across all disciplines of cycling bar BMX. In the very distant past she has been south-east road race champion, southern cyclo-cross champion and finished third in the European 24hr Solo mountain-bike champs in 2011. She was also the Fitness Editor of Cycling Weekly for 15 years. 

Hannah Reynolds is author of several cycling books, France-en-Velo a guide to the ultimate 1000 mile cycle route from the Channel to Med; Britain's Best Bike Ride. LEJOG1000; A 1000 mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats and 1001 Cycling Tips