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Hundred-year-old cyclist rides 100 km

Updated: September 28, 2012, 11:35 AM ET
Associated Press

LYON, France -- French cyclist Robert Marchand has ridden 100 kilometers (62 miles) in 4 hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds.

Doesn't sound fast? Consider this: Marchand is 100 years old.

Setting off on his Trek racing bike around noon at a track in Lyon, Marchand covered the distance at an average pace of 23.3 kph (14.5 mph) -- not far off the 24.251 kph pace he kept up to set the world hour record for his age group in Switzerland last February.

No prior record for a centenarian ...

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