John Kerry rides a bike. He rides it often and he rides it fast. On Sunday, he crashed his bike and broke his leg near Scionzier, France, while taking a break from nuclear negotiations with Iran. A lot of people take some exercise before a day's hard work, but some think Kerry is too old to be doing this kind of thing. Rush Limbaugh certainly does:
Now, would somebody tell me something? What is a 71-year-old man, secretary of state, doing riding a bicycle — or, alternatively, windsurfing off Nantucket? Why is somebody riding a bicycle while in the midst of sensitive negotiations and attempting to secure nuclear weapons for Iran? Exercise? BS.
All smiles going downhill fast in 2004. (Photo: Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images)
But there's another side to this story. This guy’s good. He hasn’t said “Oh, I am old now, I can slow down a bit.” He still pushes the limits. A few years ago, he did a ride with Jonathan Vaughters of Cannondale, who was impressed at the way Kerry could hold a conversation at the speed and altitude they were riding, how fast and confident he was. But the big test was yet to come on the descent, “the enemy of people who have speeches to go to at night and important jobs to go to in the morning.”
But man…O’ man… John Kerry descended like he stole the friggin’ bike from the GOP. As we hit the first switchback, he immediately put his weight back, counter-steered, and carved the corner like a pro. He put three bike lengths on me like Magnus and Stuey used to do to me back on Credit Agricole. Unreal. This guy was a pilot on the bike. Down the switchback of Lee Hill and over 90 kph and he was not phased [sic]… one bit.
There are a lot of boomers sitting on their couches thinking, "Wow, I wish I could do what John Kerry can still do." And there are others on their bikes or out pounding the pavement, thinking that they can push it a little bit farther and faster. It’s a shame that he had to break a leg to get the news out, but John Kerry is an inspiration and a role model with an important message: Never give up, never slow down.
Well, maybe slow down a bit.
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