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Elderly Taiwanese cyclists return from 2,000-km Canada-US trip
Central News Agency
2014-04-24 09:45 PM
Taipei, April 24 (CNA) A group of senior cyclists that includes a 90-year-old man returned to Taiwan Thursday after wrapping up an 18-day, 2,000-kilometer ride from Vancouver to San Francisco that ended Saturday. Kang Meng-lin, the oldest of the cyclists to finish the epic ride, said he is happy to have finally completed his adventure and proven that the elderly are "blessings," not "burdens." He was one of 42 cyclists from across Asia who set out on the long ride April 1 in spite of their average age of 70 years old.

They headed south from Vancouver to Victoria and on to Seattle, Portland, Lincoln City and San Francisco, finally arriving outside Google Inc.'s headquarters in San Jose on April 19. Organizer David Lee, CEO of the Concern and Care Society, said the most challenging part of the tour was handling the emotions of the elderly riders, adding that the way they helped and accepted one another was encouraging. To prepare for their unforgettable journey, cyclists trained extensively over a total of 8,000 km, according to the organizer. That included three rides around Taiwan, a 1,000-km trip from Shanghai to Beijing, and a 300-km trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. (By Chen Ching-fang and Jeffrey Wu)

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