105-year-old Frenchman Sets Record

French cyclist Robert Marchand, 105, rides 22.528 km (14.08 miles) in one hour to set a new record (for his age class) at the indoor Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, southwest of Paris, France, January 4, 2017.

“I did not see the sign warning me that I had 10 minutes left. Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I’m not tired. I thought my legs would hurt, but they don’t. My arms hurt, you have to hurt somewhere.” said Robert Marchand.

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Impressed fans chanted “Robert, Robert” during the last minutes of his ride. Marchand received a standing ovation once he completed the last of his 92 laps and was then mobbed by dozens of cameramen and TV crews.

To stay fit, Marchand rides every day on his home trainer and puts himself through outdoor training sessions on the road when the weather is good enough.

The current overall world record for one hour is 54.526 kilometers (33.880 miles) set by British rider Bradley Wiggins in 2015.

Learn more about Paris: Rick Steves Paris 2017

3 Comments Add yours

  1. bgddyjim says:

    My buddy McMike always says, if you want to podium, just stay alive… 105 is flat-out amazing!


    1. I would love to still be cycling at that age!

      Liked by 1 person

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