French cyclist Robert Marchand sets world record … at 105 years old

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:

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.

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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.