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

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Posted: Jan 04, 2017 11:35 AM

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (Reuters) - 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.

However, he 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.

(Corrects age to 102 when Marchand set record in 2014)

(Reporting by Noemie Olive; Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Gareth Jones)