Mamil or MAMIL is an acronym of "middle-aged man in lycra". The term used to describe a middle aged man who rides an expensive racing bicycle for leisure, wearing tight-fitting bicycle jerseys and bicycle shorts.
The neologism "mamil" has been reported as being created by British marketing research firm Mintel in 2010. It gained further popularity in the United Kingdom with the success of Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour de France and at the 2012 Summer Olympics
In Australia the popularity of cycling with middle-aged men wearing lycra has been described as associated with the Tour Down Under and the 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans. The current Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott has been described as a "mamil". This rise in popularity has been echoed in the United Kingdom where Olympic, Tour de France, and UCI World Championships victories in recent years have spurred interest.
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- Wallace, Wade (2 September 2012). "Middle Aged Men In Lycra". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
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- Matt Seaton (11 September 2012). "The humble Mamil: why we need 'middle-aged men in Lycra'". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Jennifer Parker (16 November 2013). "In the Land of the Mamils: Where Men Are Men and Bikes Are a Semester at Yale". Bloomberg Television. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- "Mamil at the crack of dawn". The Brunei Times. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- Verity Edwards (21 January 2012). "A new species of mamil hits the road". The Australian (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Huynh, Kim (16 October 2013). "Pest or indigenous species, the mamil abounds". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
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