Elderly cyclists complete ride from Vancouver to San Francisco

04/20/2014 05:46 PM

San Francisco, April 19 (CNA) " Yeah! We made it," a group of elderly Asian cyclists shouted joyfully at Fisherman's Wharf Saturday after riding more than 2,000 km on their bicycles over three weeks from Vancouver, Canada to San Francisco.

The cyclists, with an average age of 70, were greeted by many local people and cyclists, who enjoyed a leisure weekend at this famous sightseeing spot.

Ma Chih-ching, one of the cyclists and chief of the Christian charity Concern and Care Society that organized the tour, said she was glad to have completed the tour from the beginning to the end, as she had joined a cycling tour from Shanghai to Beijing half a year ago, only to drop out after five days into the journey.

"Now I proved that I can do it, and that is quiet an achievement," she said proudly.

Lee Chih-wei, chief executive of the Christian charity Concern and Care Society said the cyclists have shown that the elderly can do many things and should put their time to good use, rather than just eating and sleeping.

"You can't live again, so lead your life marvelously,' Lee said.

The cyclists arrived in San Francisco at noon, and were entertained with a feast by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in San Francisco before they continued on the last stretch to Fisherman's Wharf.

A total of 42 cyclists, with the oldest being 94, left Vancouver on April 1 and rode through the coastal cities of Seattle, Portland, and Lincoln City, before arriving here.

Some of them quit during the journey because of fatigue or injuries, but most hung on until the end.

(By Oscar Wu and Maubo Chang) ENDITEM/ROBERT

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