The 52-year-old has competed in cycling and triathlon for many years but said he saw the new avenues the sport opened for people he coaches every day.
‘What they’re often looking for is community socialisation, an ability to be motivated in things, to say ‘I have,’ ‘I’ve achieved’,’ he said.
‘Whatever it might be, that gives them a buzz and to give a 50-year-old man a buzz in his life when he’s thought ‘that’s beyond me,’ ‘that’s too hard,’ they come back to me after my six week program and say ‘this is the best thing ever that’s happened to me because its given me focus and motivation’.’
Mr Dawson said there was a misconception that competitive cycling was only for people in their 20s, adding the Perth UCI tour stop was a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to compete.
‘Both my wife and I have a particular attitude towards it, we’re doing it for the competitiveness within our own capability. Our kids look at it and look at us and go ‘wow’.’
Ms Dawson placed third in the women’s category last year and as a result was invited to Italy for further competition.
‘Having the wife on board with this thing is so good, you can buy parts and bikes and wheels and she doesn’t go off the deep end,’ he said.
Mr Dawson, who runs cycling training business Velocoaching, said the friendships and motivation the sport provided were extremely important for people as they moved into their 40s and 50s.
Fly6 UWCT Perth comprises three events, the 20-kilometre time trial on Rottnest Island this Friday, March 28, a 98 kilometre road race and a 125 kilometre race from Kalamunda to Fremantle.