Seniors close to winning cycle championship

Posted at 3:03 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 19:21:06-04

Roger Elliott has never been a cyclist, until last month. Now he sings, chats, all while spinning his wheels and pedals at UNMC's Home Instead Center on Aging. 

It's part of the UNMC's engage wellness program. Since march 8th, about 40 seniors have participated in the Cyber Cycle challenge. The Cyber Cycle is a stationary bike, with a screen on the front that mimics trails all over the country. It's helped this group stay active.

"My wife talked me into doing this Cyber Cycle challenge two days before the challenge started. I had never been on the Cycle Cycle, and I said 'ok,' because she asked me a number of times," Elliot said.

The challenge is simple: Tuesdays and Wednesdays members at the gym track their mileage.

Elliot tracks about 100 miles a week.

Others, just come to support the riders, who has developed a strategy to bike the most. As of Tuesday morning, they completed more than 1800 miles. Most of all the group says the rewarding part isn't the spinning, miles traveled, or bragging rights. It's about the camaraderie that's grown on the bike.