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Woman in Canada goes cycling for the first ever time – at age 97

Elta Lincoln was orphaned at age seven and never had a bike of her own as a child


A woman in Canada has achieved her lifelong dream of taking a bike ride – at the sprightly age of 97.

Elta Lincoln, from Waterloo, Ontario, was given the surprise ride on an adapted trike at an event hosted by at Clair Hills Retirement Community, where she lives, reports CTV.

Orphaned at the age of seven and growing with the bare minimum – she never had a bike of her own as a child – she said afterwards: “It was fun.”

She attended the event to donate a bike to a child in need through Family and Children Services.

“Her wish was for a young child like her to have a bike, so they arranged for her to donate a bike to a child,” said her daughter, Marleen Durrell.

She teamed up with friends and staff from the home to arrange her mother’s first ever ride.

 She said: “It's different from the bike she had in mind but at this age it's a safe bike!”

Deborah Barton, manager of community relations with Family and Children Services Waterloo Region, commented: “We love to come out and meet people like Elta. She's a shining star among us in the community for supporting children who need that little extra in their lives.”

Ms Lincoln’s ride was arranged under an initiative at Clair Hills Retirement Community called The Living List, which aims to provide 12 wishes to residents.

Kristen Lee, Executive Director of Clair Hills Retirement Community, explained: “The programme is that you're never too old or too young to learn something new and our hopes and dreams are alive at all stages of life.”

Among other dreams fulfilled by residents this year have been to go for an elephant ride, a helicopter flight and – we particularly like this one – a free bar night at the care home.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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