Without hesitation or falter, a man 105 years old, the Frenchman, Robert Marchand, has come 22,547 miles in an hour on Wednesday in a velodrome in the paris region, a feat that has yet to be approved by the international bodies.
” No, I’m not tired, I have not had sore legs, I have a sore arm. Finally should be wrong somewhere ! ” he joked after 92 laps of the track, surrounded by a cloud of journalists, saying it was surprised to be already happened.
” I thought that I still had miles to go, I would have been able to go faster “, was launched with a hint of regret, the centenary, which had significantly picked up speed in the last laps.
” Now, I expect my opponent “, the one which will be able to beat his record, in any new category of record of the time of more than 105 years, he laughed.
first a doping test.
His performance, to be approved by the international cycling Union (UCI), must take and pass the cap tests, anti-doping, which – if the cyclist 1.50 m is faithful to his lifestyle – should be a formality.
The distance traveled may be located far behind the record of the British Bradley Wiggins (54,526 miles), born to him in 1980, it raised no less admiration.
Coach technical centennial, Jean-Michel Richefort is “really moved” by his feat.
” It’s gone very quickly, I fear that he might have cramps. But he was always lucid, very focused, with a trajectory perfect “, he praised.
the yellow Jersey and violet the colours of The Ardèche – popular race, which organized the event with the French Federation of cycling, bike-to-measure : Robert Marchand has chained the laps with the encouragement of several hundred people.
Unfazed. “It has one advantage, it is that he is deaf, he is in his thing and he wants to turn,” said Roland, 80 years of age.
” beautiful years “
supporters of the more enthusiastic had risen before dawn to be present. “This is a specimen “, which exudes ” happiness “, praises Marcel under his hat canary yellow. “We hope to be old like him.”
” At the age that he has, this is incredible, ” enthuses also Liliane, a young retiree, came with her husband. “It encourages us, it means that we still have beautiful years ahead of us. “
firefighter, planter of sugar cane, wine merchant or grocer… Robert Marchand, born November 26, 1911 in Amiens, has worked up to an advanced age, and now lives in a modest apartment in the suburbs of paris, after a life marked by the two world wars, the cold war and years backpacking in Venezuela and Canada.
It is also committed – long-standing, obviously – to the communist Party and the CGT, first union of French.
in his greeting to the press, the number one central trade union Philippe Martinez has slipped that the centenary had ” another record that is less publicized: it’s been 90 years that he is at the SGC, you will find that the CGT, it keeps ! “
After his performance, the central has sent ” all his congratulations to his faithful comrade.”
A record at 110 years of age ?
three years ago, on January 31, 2014, Robert Marchand beat his own record in the same velodrome of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines by browsing 26,927 km in an hour. He had greatly improved upon his performance in 2012, when it was established, with 24,251 miles, the record of more than 100 years, a category created for it.
Its records are likely to be beaten, said to the AFP the professor Jean-François Toussaint, director of the Institute for research in biomedicine and epidemiology of sport (IRMES) : “The maxima (records) for the trees have not yet been achieved “, he said, while praising a performance that is ” outstanding “.
And Robert Merchant, would it be ready to attack the record of over 110 years ? “It is a little distant, we recausera ! “