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French cyclist Robert Marchand, 105, cycles in a bid to beat his record for distance cycled in one hour, at the velodrome of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A 105-year-old Frenchman set a cycling record by biking 14 miles in just an hour


Almost a century ago, a cycling coach told Robert Marchand to quit cycling because he'd never make anything out of the sport. 

Nearly 100 years later, the 105-year-old cyclist set a record in the 105+ category (created specifically for him) by riding 22.547 kilometers (14 miles) in just one hour. 

For reference, the current overall record for distance in one hour was set by British cyclist Bradley Wiggins in 2015. Wiggins, who is now retired, rode 54.526 (33.88 miles) in one hour. 

Marchand wasn't especially impressed with his performance.

"I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left. Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time," said Marchand.

The Frenchman was born in 1911 in a town called Amiens. He's a former firefighter and truck driver. Marchand now lives in a small apartment in a suburb of Paris. He survives on a pension of about $940 a month. He pedals and stretches everyday, despite being aged over the 100-year mark. 

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While Marchand's feat has inspired some, it's disheartened others. 

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