This is an article excerpt - Login to view the full article. Registration is quick and free. Words Adele Mitchell Photography Paul MitchellSilver shredders.‘Who are all those men?’It’s a Friday morning in the Surrey Hills – a time of the week when we usually have the trails pretty much to ourselves – and I’m with my ride buddy Rachel (no, not that Rachel). We’ve paused at a fork in the trail and approaching us, at a steady pace, is a group of around 20 riders. By the time they reach us it’s apparent that most of them are well over 60: a veritable Dad’s Army of mountain bikers.Retirement isn't an excuse to rest for this bunch.They stop and we exchange pleasantries – in fact they even invite us to join them. We decline, of course, after all, Rachel and I are rootin’-tootin’ cowgirls of the trails (in our heads, at least) – what fun could there be in trotting along besides a bunch of pensioners?But my journalist’s curiosity soon gets the better of me. Who are all these people? How had they got into mountain biking? And what do they get out of it? So I get in touch with the ride leader and, a few weeks later, join them for a ride.Members LoginThe rest of this article is available to logged in members. If you have an account, please log in. If not, you can get access by registering here for free.Members get access to exclusive content like this but they also get..Fewer adsPost comments to storiesJoin in forum discussionsSell unwanted kit for free in our ClassifiedsAutomatic shop discount on Singletrack merchandiseAccess more members only contentPremier members get moreMagazine content in print 6x/year post freeApp access to every new issue of SingletrackAd free websiteBig discounts on shop merchandiseAccess downloads like GPX files, PDFs and even iBooksFull mag archive access to all Singletrack back issuesPremier membership starts at just £1.99Related posts Buy It While It’s Hot! Singletrack Issue 122 Has Landed – With Free Calendar 5 days ago Last Chance To Subscribe: December Issues Includes FREE 2019 Calendar November 20, 2018 11:15 am It’s Here! Singletrack Magazine Issue 121 – Where Will Your Read Yours? October 4, 2018 3:04 pmLeave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.