The Midlife Cyclist Series II

Just because we can - does that mean we should? Performance and The Midlife Cyclist

Posted by Philip Cavell


Dr Jonathon Tomlinson, Dr Tim Briggs, Dr Nigel Stephens, Dr David Hulse and Podiatrist Mick Habgood

Performance In The Face Of Genetic Irrelevance

For all but a handful of the 300,000 generations of our ancestors, the upper-end of life expectancy was 30 years old. Being a grandparent was a vanishingly rare occurrence. As a result our genome has no genetic or biological imperative to survive beyond our late twenties. Which leaves fundamental questions unanswered for those of us who not only seek to survive into middle-age but also to perform into middle-age and beyond. But we are, of course, the pathfinders. No generation before us has sought to extract so much from their bodies so late in life, in sufficient quantities for it to be interesting or significant. The Midlife Cyclist Series I started an exploration into three questions:

  • Can we achieve real performance into and beyond middle-age and if so what is the best way to go about it?
  • Should we aim for performance into middle-age or are the risks and potential costs too high?
  • Is there a gender split - is the advice different for men and women?

In Series II we delve deeper into the risks, costs, benefits, compromises, and realistic aims and goals of midlife performance beyond fitness.

We are excited to welcome back some speakers from Series I and to introduce some new faces and voices for Series II. But some things won't change. We will always serve imaginative wines to accompany each speaker. Every talk will be interactive. It was one of the best features of series I. Every speaker commented upon it. We look forward to seeing you at one of the lectures.

    The Midlife Series II Speakers

    Thursday November 15th 2018 - 18:30 - Lecture One - Dr Nigel Stephens - Consultant Cardiologist

    • Racing, Crashing & Health Worries - More

    Thursday December 13th 2018 - 18:30 - Lecture Two - Dr Tim Briggs - Consultant Urologist

    • Performance Cycling & The Pelvis - More

    Thursday January 17th 2019 - 18:30 - Lecture Three - Dr David Hulse - Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine

    • Bones, Groans, Hormones and The Ageing Athlete - More

    Tuesday 19th February 2019 - 18:30 - Lecture Four - Mick Habgood - Cyclefit Podiatrist

    • One Foot In The Grave - More

    Thursday March 14th - 18:30 - Lecture Five - Dr Jonathon Tomlinson - GP, CHPI Thinktank Director

    • How To Make Sense Of Medical Science - A Guide For The Midlife Cyclist - More

    About the author

    Philip Cavell, Co-founder

    Co-founder, bike fitter and bike designer, author. Phil rides a Seven Axiom XX custom titanium bike and an Airnimal Joey folding bike. He wrote The Midlife Cyclist and enjoys walking his dog, reading, politics and the outdoors. Phil's specialism is working with clients who have complex and frequently chronic issues. Phil is most at home working in a collegiate, multi-disciplinary team, to help clients resolve intricate issues.

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