Bob M. is a great friend of our guide Bill. Despite a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Bob continues to ride with friends around Boston and is known as a strong rider. His wife Dorothy has assisted in compiling the interview below.
Q: How long have you been riding in Boston?
A: I started riding in Boston back when my knees started complaining about my running and tennis, about 5 years ago.
Q: What type of bike do you ride?
A: I ride a carbon road bike (Giant).
Q: Do you have multiple bikes?
A: No, although I have an old hybrid on my indoor trainer
Q: What’s your favorite ride in the Boston area?
A: Through the hills of Dover or off into Concord, and in Boston around the water.
Q: How often do you ride and to where?
A: I have just recently moved to Westchester County in New York and now ride the hills here, probably two – three times a week, averaging 30 – 40 miles a ride. I intend to continue cycling in Boston when we go back to visit friends
Q: When did you start riding?
A: I started riding in earnest after my diagnosis of early onset Alzheimers. It does wonders for my mood and cognition, as well as keeping me fit.
Q: What is your best cycling experience? Any impressive rides you have done?
A: My best is a toss up between 2 Backroads trips, one to Normandy and one to Yellowstone. I have done a couple of Sea Gull Century Rides, and a metric century ride, the Memory Ride. I was one of the top individual fund raisers for the Alzheimers ride last year.
Q: How has your cycling been impacted as you age?
A: Because of my Alzheimers diagnosis, I must now ride with a companion so I don’t get lost and so that I don’t forget to keep RIGHT!!! Also, cycling is much easier on my bone on bone knee. I really feel as though I will ride forever.