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    Re: [RC] Age Distribution for AERC Members and Riders Revised - Becky Huffman

    ----- Original Message ---
    > > Any thoughts as to why endurance doesn't seem to appeal to people in
    > 20s?> > College, starting families....?
    > I don't think it is fair to say that it doesn't appeal to people in that
    > range.  It is simply a matter of financial reality.  You have some of the
    > causitive reasons right--college, meeting mates, starting families,
    > careers, etc.  But the bottom line is money.  Prior to 18, mom and dad are
    > paying the bills, so they can ride as much as they want, with the
    time and money /  priorities.
    It hasn't been a lack of interest or desire that kept me from more then a
    few rides some years, but the great Balancing act of Life.  I don't expect
    I'm unusual in that regard
    I started riding endurance in '87, in my early 20s and was surprised to find
    myself and immediate friends about the only ones in our age group...  you
    would expect an active outdoor sport like this to attract lots of athletic
    young people.  There are more now, but I expect the percentages are about
    the same.
    after 15 years, I've only accumulated about 1500 miles, and I see many
    people rack up that many in a few years.. but in that time I've also married
    and delivered two kids, set-up house- and horse-keeping on a moderate sized
    acreage and generally done a lot of living, a large portion of which isn't
    endurance related.  I'm getting to a point, as I near 40, where I can see
    more resources (time and money) that will be available to funnel back into
    riding and competing and I'm really looking forward to it.
    Becky Huffman, Cleburne, Texas
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    [RC] Age Distribution for AERC Members and Riders Revised, Michael Maul
    Re: [RC] Age Distribution for AERC Members and Riders Revised, Heidi Smith