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

Marchand, French cycling Champion, retires at 106

Marchand

 

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

 

2018-01-10t150058z_1_lynxmpee090z4-oussp_rtroptp_3_sports-us-france-cyclist

 

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Your email address will not be published.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 *

After riding two seasons for UAE Team Emirates, the 22-year old Filippo Ganna has joined Team Sky the 2019 British World Tour. The Italian cyclist won the Paris-Roubaix under 23 once in 2016 and the Individual Pursuit world title two times, one in 2016 and the latest in 2018

  After riding two seasons for UAE Team Emirates, the 22-year old Filippo Ganna has joined Team Sky the 2019 British World Tour. The Italian cyclist won the Paris-Roubaix under 23 once in 2016 and the Individual Pursuit world title two times, one in 2016 and the latest in 2018…

Read More >>
graham

  Jenny Graham has shattered world record for the fastest female rider. She cycled around the world in less than 125 days. On Thursday, the new record holder returned to Berlin, where she had first started her journey almost four months ago.   It took Graham one-third of a year to…

Read More >>
67650399-1289-4b1d-8536-6a6b964cd833-1461x920

  After winning the overall classification at Tour of Turkey, Eduard Prades, 31, has joined Movistar to take his professional riding career to the next level.   The Spanish rider turned pro in 2015 after he signed for Caja Rural, but in 2018, he joined the Euskadi-Murias team for the…

Read More >>
valverde

  The new World Champion Alejandro Valverde claims that he strongly believes the sport of cycling is in “great health” when reporters asked him whether the sport is clean.   Valverde, 38, just won his first World Championship title while in Innsbruck, Austria after beating his rivals in an impressive…

Read More >>

Race Calendars