105-year-old Frenchman Robert Marchand sets New World Record for Bicycling

French cyclist Robert Marchand, 105, is cheered after setting a record for distance cycled in one hour, at the velodrome of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. VOA

France, Jan 4, 2017: Cycling world records can be broken, even if you’re 105 years old.

For Frenchman Robert Marchand, it turned out to be the perfect age to set a new world record for bicycling.

On Wednesday, Marchand, who wore a tight yellow and purple jersey, set the world record in the 105-plus category by riding nearly 22.547 kilometers in one hour at the Velodrome National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.

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He told BFMTV that he “could have done better.”

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“My legs didn’t hurt,” he said. “My arms hurt but that’s because of rheumatism.”

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This was not Marchand’s best time. Three years ago, he rode 26.927 kilometers in an hour. That also was a word record for the over-100 category.

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“I’m not in such good shape as I was a couple of years back,” he told AFP news agency. “I am not here to be champion. I am here to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike.” (VOA)