Multiple record holder will continue to ride for fun
One year after setting a new Hour Record for his age category, centenarian cyclist Robert Marchand has decided to hang up his wheels and retire from competitive riding at the grand old age of 106.
A multiple record holder for age-group events, Marchand has now been advised not to take on any further competitive events on medical grounds.
“His doctors don’t want him to make these big efforts anymore,” friend and neighbour Christian Bouchard told French newspaper La Marne , while Alain Gautheron, president of the Cyclos Mytriens Club de Mitry-Mory where Marchand is a member, said that any further record attempts “would mean lots of pressure and lots of demands.”
“If he pedals, he has to do it in relaxation, for pure pleasure. It’s more reasonable,” Gautheron continued, saying that Marchand is also continuing the make use of his stationery bike at his home on the outskirts of Paris.
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Marchand has consistently hit the headlines over the past few years, with the UCI having had to twice create new age-group categories in which to place his feats.
In February 2012 Marchand rode 24.250km to set a new Hour Record for the 100-104 age group, before bettering this record