Judson Manor resident trains with MIT Cycling Team

Judson Manor resident Oliver Seikel has cycled the globe for nearly 30 years.

He and his wife, Meredith, began bicycle touring after he had heard a talk given by older bicycle tourists.  Since then the couple have peddled their way across Europe and North America.

“I average about 2,000 miles a year,” notes Oliver, whose steel-frame Waterford bike breaks into two pieces, for easy travel.

In 2009, Oliver biked 800 miles in three weeks to Cambridge, Massachusetts to celebrate his 50th Class Reunion at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He documented the trip on a blog.  This past January he joined MIT’s Cycling Team for a training session in Borrego Springs, California, northeast of San Diego.  Oliver is pictured below in green with members of the team.

“I began following the club after Bicycling Magazine ran a story about them entitled ‘Revenge of the Nerds’,” says Oliver.  “I got on the club’s email list.  They usually go on mid-winter training sessions between semesters.  When they invited MIT alums to join them this year, I decided to go.”

Oliver spent four days with the team, riding about 40 miles per day.  Before that, he got some miles in while he and Meredith visited friends on Coronado Island near San Diego.

“It was a great experience with a neat bunch of kids-even if I couldn’t keep up with them,” smiles Oliver.  “I’m keeping in touch with a few of them, sharing photos from the trip via email.”

What rides does he have planned for the future?

“I’d like to finish my ride along the Danube River in Europe,” he says.  In different years, he and his wife have ridden along the Danube from its start in Donaueschingen, Germany as far as Mohacs, Hungary.  “I’d like to pick up at Mohacs, and continue to the mouth of the Danube at the Black Sea in Romania.”

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