Robert Marchand (cyclist)
Robert Marchand (born 26 November 1911) is a French centenarian cyclist.
Robert Marchand in 2012
|Born||26 November 1911|
|Residence||Mitry-Mory, Seine-et-Marne, France|
|Height||1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)|
Marchand was a firefighter in Paris in the 1930s. He was a prisoner-of-war during World War II. He then moved to Venezuela, where he was a lorry driver and sugarcane planter. In the 1950s he went to Canada, where he had a job as a lumberjack. He returned to France in 1960 and worked as a gardener and wine dealer until 1987.
He took an active part during the strikes of 1936 in France that gave birth to the modern era foundations of French employment legislation.
Aged 35 he finished seventh in the Grand Prix des Nations in 1946. He returned to cycling in 1978 and continued training after his 100th birthday. In February 2012, he set a world record in one-hour track cycling in the over-100 age group at 24.250 kilometres (15.068 mi). He improved this record to 26.927 kilometres (16.732 mi) in January 2014.
On 4 January 2017, he set a world record in one-hour track cycling in the over-105 age group, covering 22.547 kilometres (14.010 mi) in one hour, and the 105 year old centenarian declared: "I could have done better, if I had seen the 10-minute warning card, otherwise I would have pedalled slightly faster".
Marchand puts his remarkable fitness and longevity down to a diet consisting of: lots of fruit and vegetables, a little meat, not too much coffee – and an hour a day on the cycling home-trainer.
After he turned 106 Marchand’s doctors advised him to stop competing for world records. He obliged, but refused to quit racing completely. In early February 2018 Marchand completed a 4,000-meter race in the same stadium where he made his last record.
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- A 102 ans, Robert a l'énergie d'un homme de 45!. Le Parisien. 25 October 2013
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- Robert Marchand sets new 100-kilometer speed record. Agence France Presse. 28 September 2012
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- Daniel McMahon (31 January 2014) When your age hits the triple digits, it's like riding a bike. Time
- 102-year-old French cyclist breaks world record. Associated Press (31 January 2014)
- new mondial record at 105 years old 22.547 kilometers in one hour . Franceinfos. 4 January 2017
- Robert Marchand 105-year-old sets new Hour Record with 22.547km ride . News Of This Today. ' 4 January 2017
- Joseph Delves (4 May 2017). "Robert Marchand, 105, recognised as the world's oldest competitive cyclist". Cyclist. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- Rebecca Rosman (27 February 2018). "At 106, champion cyclist Robert Marchand refuses to stop pedaling". USA Today. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- Simon MacMichael (29 November 2018). "Robert Marchand celebrates 107th birthday – with 20km spin". road.cc. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
- Nathalie Rodrigues (26 November 2019). "Robert Marchand, cycliste mascotte de l'Ardéchoise, fête ses 108 ans" (in French). France Bleu. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
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