University of Sydney authors who led the research said the Mamil study was prompted by media attention given to depicting and satirising this group and the importance of physical activity for preventing lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular disease.
“The origins of the Mamil species are unclear, but the first descriptions, from around 2010, were characterised by middle-aged men wishing to break free from midlife crises and to obtain a new lease on life by purchasing an extravagant, slick, highly accessorised bicycle with a design fit for the Champs-Élysées,” say the authors in the MJA report.
The habitats of Mamils are affluent urban environments, often near the water, where Mamils meet in groups to channel their inner Cadel Evans.
MAMIL was awarded Official Selection and premiered at the 2017 Adelaide Film Festival.
Lead author Professor Adrian Bauman of the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre said: “We found that cycling by middle-aged men has increased since 2002-04, supporting reports of the growth of the Mamil species.
“However, most are weekend superheroes who do not cycle to work during the week.
“The habitats of Mamils are affluent urban environments, often near the water, where Mamils meet in groups to channel their inner Cadel Evans.”
Note to readers
This research paper is part of the MJA’s Christmas issue, where whimsy and satire are encouraged, and humorous papers expected, so this is serious data with a non-serious twist. This paper was joint winner this year of the most humorous paper, as judged by the Editorial Board, for which the authors were sent a Christmas hamper. They were all hoping that Santa brought them shiny new bicycles.