Na internet sajtu magazina The New York Times nedavno je objavljena lista umetnika koji su u kasnom dobu započeli sa određenom aktivnošću. Među njima našao se i ruski pisac Lav Tolstoj koji je sa šezdeset i sedam godina naučio da vozi bicikl. Vožnja bicikla je, pored jahanja i tenisa, bila deo njegove jutarnje rutine. Evo odlomka o tome:
„The author of War and Peace took his first bicycling lesson at age 67, only a month after the death of his 7-year-old son, Vanichka. He was still grieving, and the Moscow Society of Velocipede-Lovers provided him a free bike and instruction along the garden paths on his estate. He became a devotee, taking rides after his morning chores. ‘Count Leo Tolstoy . . . now rides the wheel’, declared Scientific American in 1896, ‘much to the astonishment of the peasants on his estate.’ A close friend noted: ‘Tolstoy has learned to ride a bicycle. Is this not inconsistent with Christian ideals?'“
Fotografija: Lav Tolstoj pored bicikle, 1895.