Forget the Tour de France. Here’s a true tour de force.
At an age when most people are, well, not even around anymore, Robert Marchand still rides his bike with panache. In fact, he’s a world beater.
On Friday, the Frenchman, 102 years young, pedaled his bike around a velodrome, or indoor cycling track, a distance of 26.9 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, establishing a centenarian record. That Herculean effort beat the previous record of 24.25 kilometers, which he himself owned, reports Le Parisien.
The remarkable achievement was given the thumbs-up by the International Cycling Union, the governing body of world cycling, in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.
Marchand may not be as fast as the current world record holder for the distance traveled in one hour on a conventional road bike—that honor belongs to the Czech Republic’s Ondřej Sosenka, who traveled 49.7 kilometers (nearly 30.9 miles) in 2005—but how can you not be impressed with this flying Frenchman?