105-year-old French cyclist breaks own record

105-year-old French cyclist breaks own record
January 06 05:44 2017

Robert Marchand, a 105-year-old French cyclist , has beaten his own hour record on the opened  track.

Marchand rode 22.547 kilometers at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome outside Paris, setting a record in the senior hour endurance test.

“It’s okay. I had no pain in the legs but in my arms because I have rheumatism,” he told BFMTV news channel.

“I have not seen the label of the last ten minutes, otherwise I would have gone little faster,” he added.

Marchand was a firefighter in Paris in the 1930s. After World War II he moved to Venezuela and then in the 1950s to Canada, where he had a job as a lumberjack. He returned to France in 1960 and worked as a gardener and wine dealer until 1987.

Aged 35 he finished seventh in the Grand Prix des Nations in 1946.

He returned to cycling in 1978 and  has continued training after his 100th birthday.

In February 2012, he set a world record in one-hour track cycling in the over-100 age group at 24.250 km. He improved this record to 26.927 km in January 2014.