Not a wicker basket in sight. Neil Franks at Athlete Lab in Cannon Street, in the heart of the City of London. Photo ©Hal Shinnie

The Cycling Laboratory

Why retiring at 50 meant Neil Franks could enjoy life — and start working again

The numbers never lie. Photo ©Hal Shinnie
They tried this with hamsters on a treadwheel but it wasn’t a success. Photo ©Hal Shinnie

‘I think the sweet spot is late 40s to early 50s for starting a business. It’s a combination of having some money to put into something that you won’t see a return on for a few years, linked to having some fun with it at the same time. You can either invest in it to run it yourself, or you can invest in it to be run by other people. Coming back to the question of age, in my case with Athlete Lab it makes more sense for me not to be on the front desk or to run it seven days a week. You want to meet someone young and fit when you walk in!’

Side by side, but they’re all riding their own race. Photo ©Hal Shinnie
We had to have a go. Note absence of athlete. Photo ©Hal Shinnie

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