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

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French cyclist Robert Marchand (C) rides his bike as he attempts to break his own world cycling record at the age of 105, taking part in a one-hour cycling event in the Masters

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ByMichael Hincks
04/01/2017 at 16:48 | Updated 04/01/2017 at 17:33
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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.

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"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

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Robert Marchand (C) gets ready to ride

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French cyclist Robert Marchand during his world-record attempt

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

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