Oak Creek cyclist races to top finishes, collects titles at national cycling events
Steamboat Springs — Road cyclist Bill Meyers turned 76 this year, but he sees no reason to slow down.
In fact, Meyers, who lives near Oak Creek, seems to be getting better with age, and this year he dominated the age 75 to 79 division at the USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals, which took place in Oregon in September, and the Huntsman World Senior Games earlier this month in Utah.
“It’s been a good year,” Meyers said about his top finishes.
These days, Meyers spends most of his summer on the back of a road bike, and it paid off big this year. Meyers, who races with the Schwab Cycles Racing Team out of Lakewood, traveled to Bend, Ore., in September and won national titles in the criterium (57:23.4), road race (2:14:46) and time trial (29:37.1) at the 2013 USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals. He added to his collection of titles this month with a top showing in the 20-kilometer time trial (29.53), hill climb (16.23), road race (1:06.46) and criterium (26:30) at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.
For Meyers, the latest results are just a part of a long list of accomplishments the cyclist has captured in his career. He holds several national records in his age division to go along with a room full of medals that represent all his national titles.
But you might be surprised to hear that Meyers didn’t start racing until he was in his 50s.
“I started kind of late in life,” Meyers said.
Meyers started cycling recreationally with a colleague while teaching at Stony Brook University in New York. That moved into racing graduate students and taking part in local training races in New England, Connecticut and New Jersey. Before he knew it, he was hooked and having success. After retiring in 1998, Meyers moved to Colorado where he continued to race and joined the Schwab Cycles Racing Team.
“I had no idea that I would be able to have this kind of success at this level,” Meyers said. “I plan to keep riding until I get injured or too ill to continue.”
For now, the former college geology professor is hitting all gears. He said he will be putting his bike away for a while, but that doesn’t mean he will be taking a break. He already is looking forward to getting back on skis (downhill and cross-country) and to snowshoeing.
But by next April, he will be back on his bike taking part in races on the Front Range and training with the hopes of added to his long list of national titles.
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