106-year-old Hour Record holder Robert Marchand announces retirement from competitive cycling

Multiple record holder will continue to ride for fun

Robert Marchand rode 22.5km to break the Hour Record for his age group in 2017

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One year after setting a new Hour Record for his age category, centenarian cyclist Robert Marchand has decided to hang up his wheels and retire from competitive riding at the grand old age of 106.

A multiple record holder for age-group events, Marchand has now been advised not to take on any further competitive events on medical grounds.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.