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Can electric bikes make you as fit as this 105-year-old cyclist?

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Can electric bikes make you as fit as this 105-year-old cyclist?

Electric bikes definitely get you fitter. You’ve either not ridden for years and need a helping hand, or the pure joy of receiving 300% assistance means you start to crave electric rides like a fitness drug!

But just in case you’re in any doubt about whether there’s a ‘cut-off’ age for cycling, look at the example of French cyclist Robert Marchand.

Two years ago at the age of 101, Marchand rode 14 miles in an hour, a world record. Incredibly, two years later, Marchand went and broke his own record by cycling 16 miles in the same time. By doing this, Marchand proved that training, even at an advanced age, can still produce improved results.

Marchand was not a lifelong cyclist, spending most of his early life off a bike. Taking up riding in his late 60s, recent years have seen his VO2max (how much oxygen his muscles can use) increase from 31 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body mass per minute to 35mL/(kg·min), a 13% improvement.

Source: Business Insider

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