Published on February 20th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

100-Year-Old from France Sets World Cycling Record (for a 100-Year-Old)

100-year-old bicyclist cycling world record

100-year-old Robert Marchand has set a world cycling record for a one-hour event by cycling 24.251 kilometers around an indoor track in Aigle, Switzerland.

“I could have gone faster but I didn’t want to,” Marchand said. Naturally.

“I’m not playing at being a champion,” he said. “I just wanted to do something for my 100th birthday.” Something, indeed. Wonder what he’ll attempt on his 101st birthday.

The achievement was accomplished at the International Cycling Union UCI.L track in Aigle.

The funniest thing, in my opinion, about all this: Machand had to undergo a doping test afterwards! Not because he was under any suspicion of doping, just because that’s commonplace in this sport now.

“An amateur road racer, Marchand competed in the Bordeaux-Paris race at the age of 90 when he completed the 600 kms in 36 hours.” But, Marchand isn’t used to riding on a track, apparently. He said the last time he did that was in 1937.

Watching the first video above, I have to say that watching the world record event must have been a bit boring. But at least there was a little fan club there!

Why do I think Marchand and 104-year-old (if he’s still alive) Octavio Orduño would get along?

Source: Reuters | h/t: Grist
Image: screenshot of second video above

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