Cyclists competing in state senior games have occasionally complained to me that 3rd-place finishers in cycling events– unlike in almost every other sport in the senior games — didn’t qualify for the National Senior Games. Only the two two finishers qualified. Now that’s changed. Third-place finishers in cycling (and tennis) are now eligible to compete in the National Senior Games, which are for athletes 50+ and are held every two years. The 2009 Games will take place in the San Francisco Bay area on Aug. 1-15. But cyclists can still argue they’re getting the short end of the stick. That’s because 4th-place finishers in every other sport are now eligible for the National Senior Games.