On Wednesday, Robert Marchand proved that age truly is just a number when the 105-year-old French cyclist set a new world record by successfully biking 22.547 kilometers (just over 14 miles) over 92 laps in one hour at the Velodrome National indoor cycling course just outside Paris:
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According to the Associated Press, Marchand’s ride set a cycling world record for the 105-plus age category — a category that was created specifically for Marchand.
While simply making it to 105 years of age is an accomplishment in and of itself, Marchand told the AP that he could have posted a better time.
“I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,” Marchand told the AP about his world record. “Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time.”
Marchand credits his vitality to his tireless devotion to fitness: He told France24 earlier this week that he rides his stationary bike 6 to 12 miles everyday and is careful about his diet:
This isn’t Marchand’s first cycling world record: According to the AP, three years ago at the same venue, Marchand covered 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour to establish the current world record in the over-100 age category.
And Marchand doesn’t plan on stopping riding anytime soon: The centenarian told the AP he was hoping to find some competition.
“I’m now waiting for a rival,” the Frenchman quipped.