Marchand, French cycling Champion, retires at 106
Home » Magazine » Cycling » Marchand, French cycling Champion, retires at 106

Marchand, French cycling Champion, retires at 106



After breaking countless of records at the velodrome, French cycling hero Robert Marchand has finally decided to retire from cycling at the age of 106.


Marchand, is born on November 26, 1911, in France, in the city of Amiens. Despite his impressive job portfolio, that included positions such as firefighter, wine merchant, sugarcane planter, and vegetable farmer, his first moments of fame came after he became the national gymnastics champion and boxer.



A record-breaker man




The announcement of his late retirement became public by his close friend, Christian Bouchard. He said that Marchand will continue to pedal on his stationary bike for as long as he physically can.


The decision to retire from cycling comes a year after the champion set the world record for the over-105s category. He was able to complete a distance of 22.528 km in only one hour.


“His doctors don’t want him to make these huge efforts anymore,” his neighbor Christian Bouchard stated.


Four years ago, in 2014,  Marchand had conducted the 16.7-mile distance in one hour, breaking the over-100 record.


“Going for yet another record would mean lots of pressure, lots of demands,” Alain Gautheron, president of the Cyclos Myrtriens club in Mitry-Mory, the place where Marchand is the eminent cardholder, said. “If he pedals, he should be doing it to relax, purely for the pleasure.”


Posted on Categories Cycling, News & StoriesTags , , , , ,
Would you like to write with us? got some interesting stories and experiences you would like to share? please email them to [email protected]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Bob Jungels

  Quick Step Floors’ rider Bob Jungels has won this year’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege race producing a spectacular performance to win what’s known as the oldest classic from the five monument races.   Canada’s rider Michael Woods (EF Education First/Drapac) claimed second place ahead of Fleche Wallonne champion Julian Alaphilippe, Jungels’ teammate.…

Tour of the alps 2018

Famous climber Thibaut Pinot has just won this season’s Tour of the Alps race while Ukraine’s rider Mark Padun claimed the final, fifth stage victory.   On the other hand, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was able to take fourth place in the general classification as he now…

Sosa Tour of the Alps

It seemed Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider, Ivan Ramiro Sosa, would continue to be stay as the race leader being one of the main favourites of this season’s Tour of the Alps event.   However, luck wasn’t on his site the other day when the rider found himself giving away a four-minute advantage losing…

O'Connor Tour of the Alps

Dimension Data’s rider O’Connor grabbed yesterday’s third stage victory on a thrilling ride as he took the lead during the final eight kilometers of the short mountain route which started in Ora and ended in Merano.   Second place went to Pinot who crossed the finish line only five seconds…


Race Calendars