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.