July 22, 2012; Paris, FRANCE; A general view as the peloton makes its way past the Eiffel Tower during stage twenty of the 2012 Tour de France in Paris. Mandatory Credit: Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports

102-year-old French cyclist sets wold record


According the Associated Press, there is a new world record in the over-100s of cycling.

Age hasn’t slowed cyclist Robert Marchand.

The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, more than 2.5 kilometers better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago.

By way of comparison, the current overall world record for one hour is 49.700 kilometers (30.882 miles) set by Czech Ondrej Sosenka in 2005.

It’s an incredible feat, especially at 102 years old to be able to ride a bike, let alone almost 17 miles in a single hour.

More from the Associated Press:

Marchand received a standing ovation and was mobbed by dozens of photographers and cameramen at the finish line in France’s new National Velodrome, a $100 million complex that officially opened its doors Thursday.

The athlete smiled and raised his arms at the finish, supported by two assistants. “It was very good, but at the end it started to become very hard!” he said.

He said he couldn’t have done it without the public’s support.

“You have to know there are people who came from 600 kilometers away to see me today! It is incredible. That’s all I can say,” Marchand said.

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