These days, living to the age of 105 is an impressive feat on its own. 105-year old French cyclist Robert Marchand is on a mission to show the world that not only can you live to the age of 105 years, but at that age you can keep healthy and active enough to pedal a bike at top speed for an hour or more. Eurosport reports Marchand’s proclamation of this goal; he simply said,
“I am not here to be champion. I am here to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike.”
To accomplish this goal, he just set a brand new world’s record yesterday, January 4, 2017, for the longest distance cycled in one hour by anyone in the 105+-year old age group. He pedaled an impressive 22.547 kilometers (that translates to a distance of about 14 miles) in one hour. He accomplished this feat by completing 92 laps at a French indoor track at the Velodrome National located near Paris, France.
This is not Robert Marchand’s first world record. Several years ago, he pedaled 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour to top his own previous world record in the 100+ age group.
In 1992, Marchand pedaled his bike all the way from Paris to Moscow.
Bravo, Marchand — our hat’s off to you, dude. We sadly acknowledge there are 30 year olds who couldn’t pedal 14 miles in one hour. We hope your record will inspire and motivate not only other cyclists but the general public too. It would be excellent if significant numbers of people could follow your example and motivate towards living the sort of lifestyle it would take to do what you’ve done here.
References and External Links:
- At the NPR website: 105 year old cyclist rides 14 miles in an hour en route to a world record
- At the NBC News website: Video coverage: 105 year old cyclist sets new world record
- At the Telegraph.co.uk website: 105 year old cyclist sets new world record