The centenarian rode 24.25 km (15.1 miles) in 60 minutes watched by crowds of cheering supporters at the International Cycling Union (UCI) velodrome in Aigle, Switzerland.
Marchand kept a steady pace and was hardly out of breath when he finished, telling his fans: “I could have gone faster; I didn’t want to.
“I could have done a kilometer more.”
The feat does not threaten the 49.7 km (30.8 miles) achieved by Czech cyclist Ondrej Sosenka in 2005 at the age of 29, but it will be recognized by the UCI in a new over-100s category.
“It will be official,” said Frederic Rey, an official at the World Cycling Centre, the headquarters of the UCI.
Marchand, who marked a century in November, enjoyed cycling as a teenager but only returned to the sport at the age of 78. [Full story …]
Local legend Wally Hertler of Chadds Ford, PA turned 79 this year. A member of both the White Clay Bicycle Club and Bike Delaware, Wally has been leading rides and tours for almost 40 years and continues to average approximately 12,000 miles per year.