90-Year-Old Cyclist is Unstoppable!

This 90-Year-Old Cyclist is Unstoppable!

Lan Yin Tsai, 90, has become an unofficial icon of the 160-mile Bike MS City to Shore ride held each fall in South Jersey. Here’s how her bike has helped her stay forever young.

October 19, 2015
Lan Yin Tsai
Why a dress and heels? “It’s what I always ride in,” says Tsai.Photograph courtesy of Lan Yin Tsai
This October will be my 32nd ride. I’ve ridden the same bicycle every time.

I started to ride bikes when I got to the United States from Taiwan in 1969. Everywhere I went—to church, to the post office—I would bike.

I take care of myself because I take care of people. I treat them with massage. You feel tired or sore, you come to me!

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I was massaging a woman with MS. Her son, who was 13 years old, wanted to do this MS150 ride. I said, “If a 13-year-old can do it, why not me?”

The body stops moving because you decide to stop moving. Everybody’s system works better when they ride.

People come to me and say they’ve seen me riding for years. Now I’m the old one, I guess!

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I sometimes have to take a break and they put me in the car. But near the end, I always tell them, “Drop me off! Drop me off!” so I can cross the finish line.

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