105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record

Quote of the Week   —   Posted on January 17, 2017

105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record

“I’m now waiting for a rival.”

French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 105, cycled to set a record for distance cycled in one hour, at the velodrome of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Mr. Marchand set a world record in the 105-plus age category — created especially for the tireless veteran — by riding 22.547 kilometers (14.01 miles) in one hour.

“I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,” Marchand said after his effort. “Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I’m not tired. I thought my legs would hurt, but they don’t. My arms hurt, you have to hurt somewhere.”

“If the president of his teenage club who told him he was not made for cycling because he was too small could see him today, he would kick himself,” Marchand’s coach and good friend Gerard Mistler told the AP.

According to Mistler, the secret behind Marchand’s longevity relates to his healthy lifestyle: eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, no smoking, just the occasional glass of wine and exercising on a daily basis.

“He never pushed his limits, goes to bed at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 6 a.m., there’s no other secret,” Mistler said.

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