Cycling is big business in northern Colorado. The sport generates millions in tourism dollars in the area thanks to the challenging altitudes and scenic trails. Estes Park has served as host to numerous professional cycling events, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will find its way to the Colorado town in August. By all accounts it’s a true test of a cyclist’s aptitude.
But it wasn’t too much for Bill Yarbrough, of Jeffersonville, who made the trip to Colorado last year to experience the challenge. Yarbrough is a cycling enthusiast, and regularly plans trips to Flagstaff, Ariz.
“It just has so many different areas to ride, the most different types of terrain,” says Yarbrough.
And he’s 68.
The retired asbestos-removal contractor is still rolling two to three times per week, in between regular trips to Louisville Athletic Club in Clarksville. Yarbrough spends his winters at the gym, alternating between training on the exercise machines and dates on the racquetball court. But the summer months are spent on two wheels.
Yarbrough’s day typically begins with waking up at 7 a.m. He’s on to his planned workout by 9. “It means I can get out and do things without being out of breath or tired,” says Yarbrough. “I can get up in the morning and do things and not worry about, am I going to make it through the day? Am I going to be too tired? Am I going to wear out halfway through? It makes me feel good, and I look forward to my routine, working out or riding my bike.”
Yarbrough’s routine alternates weekly, with three days at the gym and two on the road one week, and vice versa the next. When he’s in Indiana, Yarbrough likes taking on Frontage Road near the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant and Charlestown State Park. But he doesn’t confine himself to this side of the river, naming parks in Louisville as some other favorite bike sites. As spring blossoms, so does Yarbrough’s time on the trail.