PHOTOS: 105-year-old Frenchman Robert Marchand cycles into history with hour-long ride
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 attemptReuters
Robert Marchand (C) gets ready to rideReuters
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 hourReuters