Published: Thu, January 05, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

105-year-old Frenchman sets one-of-a-kind cycling record

105-year-old Frenchman sets one-of-a-kind cycling record

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 22.547km in one hour.

As well as his latest accolade, the centenarian set another record three-years-ago when he managed 16.7 miles in one hour.

Wednesday's race was in the new over-105 category.

"Now I'll wait and see if anyone wants to take me on", he said with a chuckle.

"I didn't see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left", he said.

By comparison, the one-hour world record is 54.526 km, set by British Tour de France victor and multiple Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins.

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The diminutive Mr Marchand - who is only 5 feet tall - rode from Bordeaux to Paris, and Paris to Roubaix several times.

"He never pushed his limits, goes to bed at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 6 a.m.", said his friend and current coach, Gerard Mistler.

"I've done sport all my life, eaten loads of fruit and vegetables, not too much coffee", he said before the record attempt. "I'm afraid I might catch flu!"

"I'm not in such good shape as I was a couple of years back", he told AFP news. "But he kept his form, he was very focused and he followed a flawless line", he said.

Marchand is famed for being the first 105-year-old man to cycle a landmark distance during the Hour Record.

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