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Old 01-12-18, 09:36 AM   #1
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This guy just retired from cycling... at 106 !!

I guess many of us may not get there. Amazing story:
Robert Marchand, 106, finally decides to hang up his helmet | VeloNews.com
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Old 01-12-18, 10:21 AM   #2
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What a phenom. Doctors tell him they are concerned with him making big efforts? Seriously?? What, he might die from it? Sheesh.
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He didn't retire from ALL cycling, just racing. "JUST"!
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Maybe I should stop riding altogether. I don't have enough money saved to live that long!
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What a phenom. Doctors tell him they are concerned with him making big efforts? Seriously?? What, he might die from it? Sheesh.
Exactly.
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Old 01-12-18, 11:37 AM   #6
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Can't beat good healthful living.
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I am not worthy.

Good for him. I wonder how many elderly people may have been saved from an early demise if they would have just taken a few steps in a more physical direction. My dad died at 92 and even 10 years before that he couldn't walk the length of 1 block without have to stop to rest.

I want to break this guys record!
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Get him a compact crankset and he should be good for another 10 years, just not at the front of the pack on downhills.
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He didn't retire from ALL cycling, just racing. "JUST"!
The guy had no competition - they created categories just for him. And I guess as an inspiration to all of the rest of us .
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So now the world mile record for 110 will be easier for me to beat, though I would have liked to see him continue. What a great rider.
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I hope to be just like him.
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I imagine the competitions are tough on him... but I would think continuing cycling would be important to keep him moving in the future.

Plus, say an annual trip to the velodrome could be a fun thing to keep looking forward to.

Unfortunately, I wonder if time is weighing heavily on him.

2 MPH isn't a huge difference, bit I would certainly be concerned that he hit about 16 MPH at 103, and 14 MPH at 105. It could mean that he is going through a period of rapid change.

Still, 16 MPH... isn't bad for a centenarian.
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Title is misleading.

He's not retiring from cycling at all, at least not yet.

He's only giving up chasing records, and other high effort riding. Now it's just about riding for pleasure.
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Title is misleading.

He's not retiring from cycling at all, at least not yet.

He's only giving up chasing records, and other high effort riding. Now it's just about riding for pleasure.
Not chasing records when there are no records to chase.

He's setting the records for the rest of us to chase.

He could easily set the record at 2 MPH for a 106 year old

Will he reach 110? If not, will it be because he slowed down on semi-competitive cycling, or will he endure as long as he does because he gave up cycling?

It would be interesting to see the reasoning behind the doctor's recommendations, and perhaps a review of his physical state following his last TT.

An hour on a bike, at any speed is pretty average for those of us under 106. So, if he is still able to spend an hour in the saddle, perhaps target 10 MPH??
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The guy had no competition - they created categories just for him. And I guess as an inspiration to all of the rest of us .


I want to be like him when I grow up.
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