105-year-old French rider Robert Marchand captured the hearts of many when he set a new Hour Record for his age group earlier in January, and now his new fans are coming together to help him buy a new hearing aid.
An appeal for donations by Gérard Mistler, Marchand's coach and the president of the L'Ardéchoise sportive, was launched last week, and, according to Le Dauphiné (opens in new tab), saw €800 raised in the first day alone.
Watch: 105-year-old Robert Marchand sets a new Hour Record
The hearing aid that Marchand requires will cost €6,000, which the Frenchman is unable to afford on his €900 per month pension.
Marchand shot to stardom when he set an Hour Record for the newly-established 105+ age group, with a ride of 22.547km at the French national velodrome in Saint Quentin en Yvelines near Paris.
Speaking before taking the record, Marchand said: “I’m not here to break any record. I’m doing it to prove that at 105 years old you can still ride a bike.”
Unfortunately there is no crowdfunding site for the fund, with those wishing to make donations told to send a cheque, made payable to Robert Marchand to Association de l'Ardéchoise, 1 place des Myrtilles, 07410 Saint-Felicien, France.
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