105-year-old cyclist breaks world hour record

Amazing (and seemingly ageless) centenarian rides 14 miles in 60 minutes

Robert Marchand centenarian cyclist

Robert Marchand set a new UCI hour record.

In 2015, Bradley Wiggins smashed the UCI hour record by riding 54.526km (or about 34 miles) in 60 minutes. Wiggins was 35 years old at the time. This week, Robert Marchand also broke the hour record, albeit in the newly created 105+ category. That’s right, 105 plus. The Frenchman was born in 1911 and also holds the 100+ record at 26.927km.

This time around Marchand covered 22.547km (or about 14 miles), lapping the oval velodrome track 92 times. Afterward he claimed he could have done better but he missed the 10-minute warning sign. The best part of the whole story? His attitude about the whole event, which can be summarized by this statement: “I am not here to be champion. I am here to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike.” Chapeau, Monsieur Marchand, chapeau.

Hit play to learn more about his preparation. Talk about #LifeGoals. For more info about his record, check out this story on the National Public Radio website.

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