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French centenarian cycles into history at 105

Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 01:25

French centenarian Robert Marchand breaks a world cycling record, peddling 22.528 km (13.998 miles) in one hour at the age of 105. Roselle Chen reports.

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French centenarian Robert Marchand wheeled his way into the record books by cycling 22.52 kilometers (13.99 miles) in one hour on a track near Paris at the age of 105. The former fireman is no stranger to breaking records. Soon after his 100th birthday, he became the fastest cyclist of his age to cover 100 kilometers (62 miles). At 102, he peddled almost 27 kilometers (16 miles) in one hour. After the race, Marchand said he could've done better. SOUNDBITE: Robert Marchand, centenarian, saying (French): "I didn't see the sign that said it was the last minute, otherwise I would have been quicker. I feel quite emotional seeing all this, how is it that a 105-year-old is seeing this crowd? I'm wondering if it's really true." He was philosophical when asked if he would hit the track again in two years time. SOUNDBITE: Robert Marchand, centenarian, saying (French): "I have already managed to live to 105, I don't know. You know, sir, it takes nine months to come into this world and then only 30 seconds to kick the bucket." Born in 1911 in northern France, Marchand started riding a bike when he was 14 but only took up cycling seriously when he was 67.

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French centenarian cycles into history at 105

Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 01:25