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PHOTOS: 105-year-old Frenchman Robert Marchand cycles into history with hour-long ride

PHOTOS: 105-year-old Frenchman cycles into history with hour-long ride
By Michael Hincks via Reuters

05/01/2017 at 03:48Updated 05/01/2017 at 04:33

Robert Marchand, a 105-year-old Frenchman, made cycling history on Wednesday by covering 22.528 km (14.08 miles) in one hour on a track near Paris.

Marchand has a huge following in France and was cheered on by hundreds of fans as he rode round the velodrome at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

The Frenchman fell short of his own previous record of 26.927 km in the over-100s category, which he set in 2014 at the age of 102 years old, but secured the record in a new category - the over-105s.

"I'm not in such good shape as I was a couple of years back," he told AFP news agency.

"I am not here to be champion. I am here to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike."

A host of media greeted the Frenchman ahead of his record attempt

A host of media greeted the Frenchman ahead of his record attemptReuters

Robert Marchand (C) gets ready to ride

Robert Marchand (C) gets ready to rideReuters

French cyclist Robert Marchand during his world-record attempt

French cyclist Robert Marchand during his world-record attemptReuters

French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 105, reacts after he rode 22,528 km (14,08 miles) in one hour

French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 105, reacts after he rode 22,528 km (14,08 miles) in one hourReuters

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