AMAZING cyclist Dave Elliott has become a national cycling road race champion - at the tender age of 75.
Evergreen Dave, a member of Solihull Cycling Club, came out of retirement to tackle the event in Henley on Thames despite being diagnosed with osteoporosis after crashing badly while racing three years ago.
“I’d crushed two vertebrae but they also diagnosed osteoporosis,” said Dave, who lives in Hollywood.
“I told the doctor I wanted to carry on riding my bike and he said it was either that or wrapping myself up in cotton wool and sitting on the settee.”
Despite this, Dave was reluctant to race again, confining himself to giving the youngsters a hard time on the Solihull CC ‘A’ runs on Sunday mornings.
However, he’d been national veterans champion at 70 and with the race dividing into 65-70, 70-75, and 75 plus age groups, he realised there might not be a better time to grab another national jersey.
“I’d turned 75 in May and knew there couldn’t be that many younger than me on the starting line,” he said.
The field of nearly 50 riders battled it out over the 46 mile course and after a quick start Dave realised he’d left his age group rivals behind.
“It was a beautiful day and I looked around at the riders I was with and thought I just need to stick it out and I’d win, and I did.”