Even at the age of 75, Coffs Harbour cyclist, Marco Brandli is going as well as ever pedalling his way to more success and stil
Even at the age of 75, Coffs Harbour cyclist, Marco Brandli is going as well as ever pedalling his way to more success and stil

Marco still cycling strong

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

AT 75 years of age, Marco Brandli fits more exercise into a week than most people half his age do in a year.

Often seen around town riding his bike, Brandli would cover about 200 to 300 kilometers every week as he strives to keep young.

"I enjoy the exercise and it keeps me young," Brandli said with his usual enthusiasm.

"I feel like I can beat anyone, even on the dancefloor."

Brandli recently collected three bronze medals in Adelaide at the Australian Masters Games and he can't wait to get to Alice Springs for next year's event.

The medals were collected in the criterium, time trial and road race with Brandli thinking that with a little bit of luck he could've done better.

"In the time trial my chain came off twice and I ended up finishing five minutes behind," he explained.

"Then in the criterium I got caught in a 200m sprint and I think I went a bit too early.

"The road race was different. I tried to keep up with the leaders but once they disappeared I just let them go."

Like most events at the Masters Games, the competition wasn't quite as hardened as it is at the elite levels and most of the entrants are like Brandli as they enter just for the pure joy that competing brings.

"I really enjoy cycling because it gets me out in the the fresh air as well as the companionship," he added.

"It keeps me out of hospital as well unless I have an accident.

"If I was going to give advice to someone thinking about taking up cycling I'd tell them that they better go out and buy a bike. They'll save some money on petrol."



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