Sunday, 26 February 2012

A NEW WORLD RECORD....

ROBERT MARCHAND  (photo UCI)
Regular readers of this blog will be well aware that I am always looking for a new challenge......
Well I think that I have found it. However there is just one small problem....
I need to make it to 100 years old before I can make my attempt and that is a challenge in itself.


Recently Robert Marchand established a cycling world record for riders over 100 years old. 
He set the world record for the hour completing 24.251 kms during his attempt. 
The record was set at the World Cycling Centre Velodrome at Aigle in Switzerland. Robert said that he just wanted something to do for his 100th birthday....apparently he reached that grand century a couple of months ago. 
He completed the event on a standard track bike, although he said that he had not ridden on a track for over 80 years, normally preferring to ride on the road. 
The advice he was given before the start of his ride was to keep his heart rate under 110 bpm and in the main he managed to stick to this, although Robert did say that on a recent hill climb whilst out on the road he did take his heart rate up to 134 bpm  with no ill effects. 


Robert went on to say that over the last five years he hasn't done rides of more than 100kms. "There is no point in going overboard" he said.  
Apparently he doesn't smoke and he has never been much of a drinker either and his advice to both young and old is to keep on moving.........


Come to think of it I know a lot of riders a third of his age that don't ride more than 100kms at a time, if they even get to that..........................

8 comments:

limom said...

I wonder the record is for your age group?

anniebikes said...

Holy smokes! Errr, or not to smoke as the case may be. I had no idea there were people setting records in the 100+ age category. Go centurions!

Anonymous said...

Wow, awesome! congratulations to Robert...and a big hug to my friend Trevor! (~_*)

Love from your Princess of Rock
Love Peace Music

Keep trackin' all those miles, Trevor dear!

Trevor said...

*limom*
Not sure what the record is for my age group....one thing that I am sure about is that it will be beyond my abilities...


*anniebikes*
Surprising isn't it....gives us all something to aim for...


*Anonymous - known as Melody Fox*
It's always great to have a comment from the Princess of Rock...
I'll keep tracking those miles so long as you keep playing those tracks...!!

MrDaveyGie said...

Wow, that is awesome, hard to comprehend that speed and that age. Oh and Trevor your mileage is looking great for the year. Good going.
Dave

Big Oak said...

Someday I want to be that guy!

Worthing Wanderer said...

Incredible achievement and definitely an ambitious target for you!

Trevor said...

*MrDaveyGie*
It is a bit difficult to take it on board...

*Big Oak*
So do I.

*Worthing Wanderer*
A target worth going for....