Centenarian Cyclist Breaks World Record

Late bloomers of all types often can find inspiration from the world of sports. For living proof that age is just a number, look no further than 102-year-old Robert Marchand. This guy is amazing.

Marchand, who’s from France, broke his own world record in speed cycling a few weeks ago when he rode 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour. That time beats his previous record by more than 2.5 kilometers and keeps him at the top the 100-plus age group.

Marchand set his new record in France’s new national velodrome, whose official inauguration was one day earlier. Spectators gave the cyclist a well-deserved standing ovation when he reached the finish line.

As reported in this New York Daily News article, Marchand – a retired firefighter and logger — also holds the record in the age 100+ category for riding 100 kilometers (62 miles). He did it in four hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds in 2012.

For a glimpse of Marchand’s latest accomplishment, check out this video.

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About Lynne Strang

I'm a communications consultant and writer who blogs about 40-and-older business owners. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, vegetable gardening and exercise (especially cycling).
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6 Responses to Centenarian Cyclist Breaks World Record

  1. “I will never be an old man. To me old age is always 15 years older than I am.” quote from Francis Bacon
    I think this applies to Marchand.

  2. colanetbiz says:

    I just ran across your blog. Great post about Mr. Marchand – he should be an inspiration to us all. Great job on the blog.

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