While Dirk Nowitzki bumps his forehand and Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley hit the little white ball, Reggie Miller opted for cycling for his post-career. The former Pacers shooter goes on long outings, and even races to the point of having considered turning pro!
“I will never be a pro, I’m too old to be, but I want to reach the lower level of my age group. I want to see how far I can go. And the only way to do that is to compete against the best in the 55-59 age bracket.” he explains at the Wall Street Journal.
“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life”
At 56, Reggie Miller competes in individual mountain biking and endurance events. Still a TV consultant for the NBA, he began racing competitively in the Beginner 50+ category, and in 2018 moved up to Sport, the intermediate level of amateur racing.
An activity that allows him to keep the line, and even to be in exceptional shape.
“I know I’m skinny, but I played my 18-year NBA career hovering between 82 and 86 pounds. When you’re getting 30 screens of Shaquille O’Neal, you need a little more volume.” he recalls. “Now that I’ve been cycling non-stop since I retired, and have really focused on running for the last five years or so, I weigh 85 kilos, and on a long endurance run, I can go down to 81 kilos. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. »
“Every child should have a bike growing up”
This passion for the little queen has also become collective since Reggie Miller has become a member of the executive committee of the American cycling federation, and he wants to work to popularize cycling among young Black Americans. But not only.
” When we talk about inclusion and diversity, we mean everyone. It’s not just African Americans. All beliefs, everyone. I just want everyone to have the opportunity to feel what I feel when they ride a bike explains Reggie Miller. ” Every kid should have a bike growing up. I had a bicycle. It was the first taste of freedom, because you could go from point A to point B to point C… Being away from your family, with your friends, with your girlfriends. And I want to give that joy back to adults and children. And you have to start young, with children who have bikes. »
Photo credit: USA Cycling