French cyclist, 102, sets world record


Age hasn’t slowed cyclist Robert Marchand. The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.9 km in one hour, more than 2.5 km better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago.

By way of comparison, the current overall world record for one hour is 49.7 km set by Czech Ondrej Sosenka in 2005.

Marchand, a retired firefighter and logger, also holds the record for someone over the age of 100 riding 100 km. He did it in four hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds in 2012.

Marchand received a standing ovation and was mobbed by dozens of photographers at the finish line in France’s new National Velodrome, a €74 million complex that officially opened its doors Thursday.

“It was very good, but at the end it started to become very hard!” he said.