102-year-old Cyclist Beats His Own Record

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The 102-year-old Frenchman, Robert Marchand, broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday. He rode 16.7 miles in one hour, more than 1.5 miles better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago. (Jan. 31)

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Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France - 31 January, 2014

1. Pan across 102-year-old cyclist Robert Marchand starting race on indoor track

2. Tracking shot of Marchand cycling

3. Pan across supporters cheering as Marchand rounds the bend in front of them

4. Mid of Marchand's coach applauding as he rides past

5. Pan from spectators to Marchand on track

6. Tracking shot of Marchand

7. Low shot of Marchand cycling

8. Mid of Marchand pulling on bicycle after race

9. Mid of Marchand raising hands in air in front of photographers

10. Tracking shot of Marchand shaking hands with crowd

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The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, more than 2.5 kilometers better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago.

By way of comparison, the current overall world record for one hour is 49.700 kilometers (30.882 miles) set by Czech Ondrej Sosenka in 2005.

Marchand, a retired firefighter and logger, also holds the record for someone over the age of 100 riding 100 kilometers (62 miles). He did it in four hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds in 2012.

Marchand received a standing ovation and was mobbed by dozens of photographers and cameramen at the finish line in France's new National Velodrome, a 74-million-euro ($100 million) complex that officially opened its doors Thursday.

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