105-year-old cyclist Robert Marchand sets amazing world record

105-year-old cyclist Robert Marchand sets amazing world record

Who says sports are only for the young? Robert Marchand proves they’re also for the young at heart.

Who says sports are only for the young? Cyclist Robert Marchand proves they’re also for the young at heart.

The 105-year-old Frenchman set a world record Wednesday at the indoor Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, south west of Paris.

The 105-year-old French cyclist set a world record Wednesday at the indoor Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, south west of Paris.

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Wearing a bright purple and yellow kit, Marchand covered 14 miles (22.547km) in the hour, which is unlikely to be broken by his peers in the dwindling 105-years-plus category.

After his impressive display, a modest Marchand told AFP he “Could have done better.”

“My legs didn’t hurt,” he told BFMTV. “My arms hurt but that’s because of rheumatism.”

After his impressive display, a modest Marchand told AFP he “Could have done better.”

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He isn’t new to the sport though; Marchand has years of experience as a cyclist. He finished seventh in the 1946 Grand Prix des Nations when he was 35.

The cyclist has had an interesting life outside of racing. He was a prisoner of war in World War II, and has worked as a lumberjack in Canada and a sugarcane planter in Venezuela.

Two years ago, he broke the record for the over-100 group, riding 16.73 miles (26.927km) in his hour ride. To put his feats in context, the world record for the hour-long track race belongs to British cyclist Bradley Wiggins, who rode an amazing 33.88 miles (54.526km) in 2015.

But Marchand doesn’t ride for glory or awards.

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But Marchand doesn’t ride for glory or awards.

“I am not here to be a champion,” he said when asked about Wednesday’s performance. “I am here to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike.”

We think you rode that point home, Mr. Marchand.


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