New World Record for Distance Cycled in 1 Hour in 105+ Age Group

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.

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Entrance to The Event At Bootleg Canyon

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The Scenery at Bootleg Canyon

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Mountain Bikers Catching a Shuttle Ride Up To The Top of the Trail

Mountain Bike Riders Catching a Shuttle Ride Up To The Top of the Trail at Bootleg Canyon

We made a road trip up to Nevada from Santa Barbara, California. Mission: to enjoy the mountain bike races at Bootleg Canyon. Mike raced the downhill race on Sunday, and I just hung around taking pics and enjoying the scenery on both days. Fun times!

I’d never been to Bootleg Canyon before, and I was pretty impressed by both the trails and the entire park.
You couldn’t have asked for more perfect conditions for a mountain bike race. The weather was gorgeous- beautiful blue skies atop a nonstop expanse of rugged desert hills and mountains. I thought the trails, especially the expert track, looked pretty darned challenging. My hat’s off to all the riders who gave it a try. You all rock!

Over the next view days I will be posting the pictures I took at the races. If you were there, I might even have pics of you. Wanna see ’em? Well, if so, please bookmark this blog or add it to your feed reader and check back again, because I’ll be sharing as many as I can.

-Posted by: Amy S. is dedicated to XC, Enduro & DH MTB racers & Road Bike & Cyclo Cross Bicyclists