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Wed Jan 4, 2017, 05:13 PM

105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record


French cyclist Robert Marchand, 105, cycles in a bid to beat his record for distance cycled in one hour, at the velodrome of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France Nearly a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike.

He proved that prediction wrong again on Wednesday.

In a skin-tight yellow and violet jersey, the 105-year-old Frenchman set a world record in the 105-plus age category created especially for the tireless veteran by riding 22.547 kilometers in one hour. {about 14 mph}

Marchand had ridden faster in the past on the boards of the Velodrome National, a state of the art venue used to host the elite of track cycling. But he had warned before his latest attempt that his current form was not as good.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/920723/105-year-old-frenchman-sets-cycling-record.html

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Wed Jan 4, 2017, 06:01 PM

1. I'm impressed.

I've always wondered what distance I could do on the boards. My understanding is that the 1 hour is a real mind trip. It is not like riding on the roads - just going round and round and round and round and round, with no change.

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Wed Jan 4, 2017, 08:23 PM

2. Look at it this way...

you have about 40 years of training and finding a flashy suit so that you can break the record!

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