100 Year-Old Frenchman Sets Cycling One Hour Record

Just a motivating reminder to all readers of this blog who are under 100 years old:

Frenchman Robert Marchand entered the cycling record books in the one-hour event on Friday 17th of February 2012, three months after celebrating his 100th birthday. Marchand rode impressive 24.251 kilometres around an indoor track to establish the first-ever hour performance in the 100-years-plus category.

Who will be the next rider to break this impressive record?

I have only one word for this: Respect!

As I have said before: Getting older… it happens to us all.

Most people are content to pick up their pipe and slippers, and enjoy a more relaxing, sedentary lifestyle in their twilight years. Pottering about in the garden might be the sum total of their exercise regime. But if you are passionate about sport, keeping fit and challenging yourself to greater heights then hitting the age of 50 is probably the perfect time to set yourself a new goal.

And this sweet story about Marchand just emphasizes that everything is possible.

“I could have gone faster but I didn’t want to,” Marchand, who was given clearance by his cardiologist in France before making the attempt, told reporters at the International Cycling Union UCI track in Aigle where he spent a week preparing.

“I’m not playing at being a champion,” he said. “I just wanted to do something for my 100th birthday.”

The UCI had already said it would recognise the record, meaning that Marchand had to undergo a doping test after completing the event.

So for the majority of the readers here on Training4cyclists.com, there is now a new long-term goal for you training.

5 comments… add one
  • Michael Hughes Link

    I shall book the velodrome for Sunday 6 January 2064! I do hope they charge extra for the weekend. I better start training and aim for 50km minimum I think.

  • trek25 Link

    My congratulations! That’s an outstanding effort! I hope to be able to make an attempt in 40 years. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us!

  • Marc Link

    I was in the marathon in Toronto where a 100 year old man finished. This is yet another humbling and inspiring event.
    Robert Marchand is the man!!!

  • Very impressive! Great to see him out there doing it! Was like the World Master’s Games – so impressive to see the more experienced out there, still racing and living it up in Sydney! Think the next one is in Italy – this year I think!

  • WOW!!!!
    That is impressive.
    If I can be doing that when I am 100 I will be a very happy man.
    There needs to be more of it.

    Great stuff

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