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by Shane Stokes
March 9, 2018
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At either end of life, people are happy to tell you their exact age. Young kids will exclaim “I’m four and a half!”. The old will proudly round up their age: “I’m 89 on my next birthday!”. In between we often aren’t as keen on telling the truth.
Robert Marchand has no issue in saying exactly how old he is. He’s old by anyone’s standards. Impressively old. When he utters the words “J’ai 106 ans”, no further explanation is required. It might be the only time in your life you’ll hear someone say that.
It’s grin-inducing, and especially so when it comes from a wide-smiling man dressed in that bright Lycra we’re all so keen on.
Now 106 years old, Robert Marchand has found a level of fame in recent years. His endeavours on the bike have captured media attention worldwide, and not just the cycling media. Last year Marchand set a new hour record for his age group, one that, not surprisingly, had never been attempted before.
Click though to read the full [and inspirational!] feature on CyclingTips.