IMG_0430Ever since he was a young child in Colombia, Luis Revalo remembers loving his bike and the sensation of wind and freedom. When he was 14 years old he fantasized about being a professional cyclist. Then at age 16, he started his professional career racing all over South America. The career ended only three years later when an accident broke his legs and arms. Soon he had to find other work. When Luis moved to the U.S., his new home in New Jersey had both bad traffic and weather, two disincentives for getting back on his bike.

Twenty years passed before he rode again, and that was when he moved to Sarasota in 1999. With favorable weather nearly year round, biking is now a love from which Luis will never again stray.

He indulges mostly in distance biking, riding a carbon fiber Specialized light-weight road bike, just like the professionals use.

This past year when he turned 60, his wife suggested they’d throw a party to celebrate. Instead, Luis said he’d prefer to spend to money for a trip to France during the most famous bike race in the world, the Tour de France. And that’s what he did.

IMG_0522“It was like a dream,” Luis remembers, “It was so beautiful.” Not only was he there to observe the Tour, but he had his own bike with him and rode 70-80 miles every day for 2 ½ weeks.

“The views throughout the Pyrenees Mountains and in these little towns were unbelievable. The people are nice in the south of France,” continues Luis as he shared his impressions. “I met other bikers, and even met a sports broadcaster.  He was old like me, too!”

And he still rides.  In October he participated for the 5th time in a cancer foundation ride 230 miles across the state from Daytona to Sarasota. But this year, he and some friends decided to make it a 460 mile round-trip riding from Sarasota to Daytona while others took a bus, and riding back with the others.

Luis still rides every weekend with people from all walks of life. What’s most important?  That he’s still riding!