Cyclists are like a fine wine

Good news for all you racers this week: it seems you’re not likely to peak until your mid-thirties. There’s no new scientific study, just the fact so many riders these days seem to be improving with age.

Sir Chris Hoy is already the winningest British track rider of all time and just days after his 34th birthday he will be bidding for his 10th rainbow jersey at the Track Cycling World Championships in Copenhagen this week. The Scot may only be 12 months away from World Masters eligibility but he’s positively youthful compared to fellow Worlds rider Jason Queally.

Almost a decade after taking gold in the kilo at the Sydney Olympics, Queally has reinvented himself as a team pursuiter, despite being only one year short of veteran status. He goes to Denmark as a reserve but is aiming for Olympic selection for London 2012 when he’ll be 42.

It’s not just the trackies who are putting the youngsters to shame, as Saturday’s Milan-San Remo proved. Oscar Freire, 34, won the Classic for a third time ahead of Tom Boonen, 29, and Alessandro Petacchi, 36.

And let’s not forget Lance Armstrong will be having one final crack at the Tour de France just two months shy of his 39th birthday.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly