A wry view of life for the world-weary

Old Codger Of The Week (6)


I raise my chapeau to 105-year-old Robert Marchand.

At the national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yveslines near Paris, I learned this week, he established a new record for the furthest cycled in his age group in an hour – 22.547 kilometres. He previously held the record for the furthest cycled by someone over the age of 100, some 26.297 km in 2012.

And Marchand could have gone a bit further, missing a sign telling him that he had just 10 minutes to go. He claimed, presumably in French, that he wasn’t in as good a shape as he was a couple of years ago – I know the feeling – and that his arms hurt, mainly because of rheumatism.

He puts his fitness down to his diet – lots of fruit and vegetables, a morceau of meat and not too much coffee and an hour a day on the cycling home-trainer – almost the polar opposite to me.

Still, he is an example to us all.


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