“It Wasn’t Easy” – 92-Year-Old Southland Cyclist Shatters Senior Riding Records, Defying Age Limits With Pedals to National Recognition 

Published 12/08/2023, 12:36 PM EST

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With lively pedals on the saddle, a group of senior cycling enthusiasts left an indelible trail on New Zealand’s racing tracks. Proving that age is just a number, several riders graced the Southland Track Championships event, leaving the spectators in amusement with power-packed drives. But guess who seized the spotlight during this elderly escapade? 

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Sparking cheers with his awe-inspiring cycling skills, 92-year-old Pete Grandiek emerged triumphant at the race, earning a national record in his inaugural attempt. Although his riding odyssey took its course over a decade ago, the dedicated rider has since continued defying the hurdles of old age. And remarkably, he was not alone on this glorifying trip! 

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Hosted at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome, the senior cycling contest witnessed unparalleled attention from enthusiasts and participants. Spanning over three consecutive days, the trip started on December 1, with Grandiek depicting true passion throughout the event. 

Discovering sheer enthusiasm for cycling in 2007, Pete has maintained persistent efforts all these years, with his latest victory adding another episode to these epic feats. As he was labeled the first rider his age to complete the tour within an hour, Grandiek seized a national record during the almost 26-kilometer riding trip. 

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While another rider had already attempted a similar cycling target a few years back, their total coverage was around 20 km, cleanly surpassed by Grandiek. Emphasizing his focus on beating this record, the senior athlete remarked, “It wasn’t easy”, as he further added, “I certainly had to work for it.”

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On the other hand, Jock Hughes was another notable rider at the senior cycling venture. A resilient 74-year-old, she narrated embracing the thrills of saddle rides just 16 months ago, but still managed to overcome her previous record in the 70-74 age category. 

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While eclipsing Margaret Speed’s prior racing stance of 47.801 seconds in 2015, Hughes admirably clocked in at 47.652 seconds. Undoubtedly, the cycling enthusiast’s leap into the 75-79 age bracket set a renewed timing of 46.823, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Leaving jaws dropping with her exceptional prowess, Hughes conquered not one but three separate records. 

Her victorious ordeals included the 500 m time trial on the opening night, followed by the 2000 m individual pursuit on Saturday morning. And with an eminent climax, Hughes also covered 250m of cycling within 3.26.060 minutes, securing another record at the game, that too in ten rounds! 

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As these elderly yet energetic cycling addicts focus on the New Zealand Masters in March, anticipation brews high in local communities. Astonishingly, the legacy they carved during the December event was not just inspirational, it also ignited a flame of passion among riders for much more in the future. 

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