How far you can cycle within an hour? Have you ever try to set yourself a distance record on a 1 hour time trial? A lot of cyclist saying they can “maintain” a good speed of 40 odd km/hr over a period of time, but that period of time is too short to judge on the ability of the cyclist. To me, I think a one hour time trial is the best way to tell the story. After all cycling is about endurance and ability to maintain.
On 17th February this year in Aigle, Switzerland. Mr. Robert Marchand had set a new record of covering 24.25Km inside a window of 60 minutes. Hay, you may think that is not very much of a record. What if I tell you he was like 100 years old on the day of his riding? Would that make you think otherwise?
Robert only began cycling at the age of 78, that counts for 22 years of cycling experience.
To me, Robert is an absolute inspiration for all of us who like to put the wheels between the legs. Furthermore, it’s interesting that the UCI have created a new age group for centenarians. Is the UCI recognizing the average age of cyclist is getting higher and higher every year?