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Golden Generation Cycling Tour sets to travel 2,000 kilometres to San Jose

By Dana Bowen, 24 hours Vancouver

A group of cyclists averaging 70 years of age are aiming to inspire other seniors and break stereotypes by hopping on their bicycles to make the long journey from Vancouver to San Jose in California.

The Golden Generation Cycling Tour began in Asia with a group of more than 40 seniors. The group will cycle 2,000 kilometres, with stops in Chinese communities in the cities of Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in order to visit local nursing homes on the way to their final destination.

“They are not just riding bikes,” said Burnaby council member Richard Chang. “They are going to retirement homes and encouraging other seniors to live a wonderful life.”

Chang will drive alongside the cyclists to act as a tour guide and offer assistance if needed.

Beginning today, the Grand Riders will bike about 100 kilometres each day to reach their goal in three weeks.

Organized by the Concern and Care Society based in Taiwan, the non-profit group has hosted three previous tours in Asia since 2007. The group caters to elderly communities and encourages them to stay active.

The cycling tour was originally coordinated to change society’s views on the elderly community and to inspire seniors to live more active and healthy lifestyles.

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