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

Published on February 20th, 2012 | by

February 20th, 2012 by

 
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.

http://youtu.be/EBjGOgWuHKc

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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