Breaking records and celebrating achievements
Through the Road Worlds for Seniors the seniors cyclists gets that feeling of friendly competition and being part of a community, encouraging the cyclists to compete, have fun and get active at the same time.
Since first launched in 2017, the Road Worlds for Seniors has experienced a tremendous success. Each year more and more seniors are joining in, going from 1151 signing up in 2017, to 4333 in 2019 to more than 5000 in 2021. And each year new and returning champions can celebrate their achievements, inspiring their supporters and communities with the mind-blowing dedication and results. Showing that everyone can be an athlete giving the opportunity, regardless of age or functional level.
Stories from previous years
The RWS teams from Harbison in Australia are hoping to connect with other teams participating this year. Why not explore the world together?
September 6th 2021 marked the 5th annual Road Worlds for Seniors, and residents at Harbison once more joined forces to partake in this global competition for seniors. Their teams at Moss Vale and Burradoo call themselves the “Slow Speed Demons” and have set themselves a goal to ride at least 3000km during the 4 weeks event.
For over a year now, Ruth Olga Halvorsen from Norway has cycled to be in the best possible shape for this year’s Road Worlds for Seniors. No one can say anything about her impressive passion for training. Twice a week, she has sat on the bike and covered 625 km in 60 hours!
– Yes, I’m looking forward to the World Cycling Championships, it will be nice. It’s amazing what this does to me, says the lively lady who turns 101 at the beginning of October.
“I’m going to win the medal for female world champion,” says 92 year old Joy Small, living at a care home in Newbury, England. For some weeks she has competed in the Road Worlds for Seniors competition, together with thousands of other seniors across seven countries. But she isn’t alone in wanting the title. Approximately 1600 km away, across the ocean, is another woman defending the title from 2019.
When Sofienberg at the end of last week realized that they were in the lead in for the world championship title, the recruitment was increased.
Friday afternoon, Kristin asked me if I wanted to go cycling. I haven’t tried it much until now, but it was awesome, says one of the ladies who was recruited to ensure the victory.
We were a little eager at the end, but it was so fun and everyone was determined to win, says physiotherapist Kristin Sørum Stana.
With over 5000 senior cyclists signed up, represented by 260 teams from 11 countries, this year’s Road Worlds for Seniors is the largest in the competition’s five year long history.
A total of 156,403 km was cycled – which is equivalent to almost 4 laps around the earth!
Road Worlds for Seniors has been a game changer for us, says Zac Hulm, Partnership Manager at Harbison.
The award ”Crew of the Year” is given to those who have excelled through the competition Road Worlds for Seniors. This year there were several very good candidates among the 260 Teams participating. In the end, the title was awarded to Harbison from Australia.
26 days of intense cycling, visual experiences through motiview’s film library, great music, a lot of sweat, tears, laughter, new friends and not least a lot of joy. This year’s Road Worlds for Seniors is now over – a championship that has exceeded everyone’s expectations.
In 2019, there were almost 200 teams with over 4300 cyclists registered. This year, the Covid-19 virus made it difficult for many teams to participate. Therefore, it is incredibly impressive that as many as 129 teams and over 3000 cyclists signed up for this year’s championship – dedicated to use the Road Worlds for Seniors as an uplift during a challenging time.
The staff at CAMA Woodlands from Toronto Canada, can call themselves “Crew of the Year 2020”
– It feels amazing! I am happy that as a staff member, we were able to provide our residents with an experience worthy of this award. That is, an experience of trying different things, happy memories, and an excitement for Road World for Seniors 2020, says recreation therapist Lauren Walkden.