World record cyclist retires at 106

Robert Marchand is something of a legend in French cycling. He was born in 1911, close to what was soon to become the Frontline in WW1. In 1946, at age 35, he achieved a seventh-place finish in the Grand Prix des Nations, then considered the unofficial world time trial championships.

But his really outstanding achievements came a little later in life. He’s clocked up world records for distance covered in one-hour on a track in the over 100 and over 105 age categories. His distances are about half of those for the overall world record, not bad at all! Now, at the age of 106 he is finally retiring from competitive cycling.


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