100-year-old sets cycling world record

Last updated 10:27 20/02/2012
Trainer Robert Mistler (centre) boosts cyclist Robert Marchand of France (left) next to trainer Magali Humbert-Perret during his attempt to set a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100-year-old category.
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KEEP GOING: Trainer Robert Mistler (centre) boosts cyclist Robert Marchand of France (left) next to trainer Magali Humbert-Perret during his attempt to set a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100-year-old category.

Robert Marchand of France celebrates after setting a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100-year-old category.
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ON YA BIKE: Robert Marchand of France celebrates after setting a world record for cycling non-stop for one hour, in the over 100-year-old category.

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Frenchman Robert Marchand entered the cycling record books in the one-hour event on Friday, three months after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Marchand rode 24.251 kilometres around an indoor track to establish the first-ever hour performance in the 100-years-plus category.

"I could have gone faster but I didn't want to," Marchand, who was given clearance by his cardiologist in France before making the attempt, told reporters at the International Cycling Union (UCI) track in Aigle where he spent a week preparing.

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