Study proves health benefits of serious cycling

Serious cycling may help to keep people young, say scientists who have studied fit amateurs aged 55 to 79.

The 81 male and 41 female participants underwent extensive tests of their heart, lung, neuromuscular, metabolic and hormonal function, with the younger and older participants showing similar muscle strength, lung power and exercise capacity.

One test measured falling risk based on the time taken to stand from a chair, walk three metres, turn, walk back and sit down.

Taking more than 15 seconds to complete the task generally indicates a high risk of falling. But even cyclists their 70s had