Here at Extreme Longevity we recognize with great enthusiasm achievements of those 100 years and older.
These special individuals help set benchmarks for what is possible with a hundred-year old body both from a cognitive and physical standpoint. It gives us some perspective and understanding about how aging can be successful. It serves as a reminder that living to 100 is not just a number but a chance for continued rich and rewarding joy of life.
To that end today we celebrate the acheivement of a frenchman by the name of Robert Marchand.
Marchand succefully completed an offcial 100 km (62 mile) bicycle course in 4 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds. He was aiming for a 22.3 km/h but exceeded his goal averaging 23 km/h (14.3 mph)
“I did a little better than I hoped,” he told AFP. “However, the going was tough in the last few kilometres.” Marchand is the first in history to set a cycling mark in the over 100 age group, so there was no prior record to break.
Marchand began cycling in 1925 at age 14. He took off most of his early adult life and came back to the sport at age 67 and has been riding and training regularly ever since, now some 34 years.
Marchand is lean, fit, and short, only five feet tall. He retired from working at age 89, and lives alone.
He says the key to his longevity is fitness and never sitting still. “Some people when they reach 80 years old, start playing cards and they stay immobile. Not me. I’ve never been able to keep still,” he said.
Marchand will turn 101 next month.