這位104歲的單車騎士正在顛覆所有科學家們對老化所知道的一切

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French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 102, cycles in a bid to beat his record for distance cycled in one hour, at the velodrome of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, outside Paris, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. The 102-year-old broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, more than 2.5 kilometers better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
比較年輕的ROBERT MARCHAND,在他還只是102歲的時候。AP PHOTO/THIBAULT CAMUS

奧林匹克選手現在正在跑、擊球、跳、以及投擲,全都出現在電視螢幕和新聞,這足以讓你覺得非常懶散。但如果你需要一個刺激,來讓你離開筆記型電腦並且做健身運動,看一看Robert Marchand,一位破紀錄104歲的單車選手。

上個月,勇敢的法國人是一篇發表於年齡與變老期刊(Age & Ageing)研究的一部分,這篇研究調查百歲的運動員。新科學人雜誌(New Scientist)報導,研究人員詳細檢查Marchand以及其他18位年紀超過100歲的運動員,企圖了解發生在運動員時期的技能改變。在所有百歲運動員的研究當中,Marchand是最值得注意的。

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Robert Marchand (C), 103 years-old, cycles in the rain with a small group of riders to celebrate his birthday as he makes his way along the Robert Marchand pass, a 10km ride in the Ardeche mountains, near Saint-Felicien November 26, 2014. French centenarian Robert Marchand, born November 26, 1911, set a record cycling 26.98 kms in one hour, in the Masters + 100 category established by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in January 2014, and continues his passion for cycling as his health permits.  REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT CYCLING TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Romuald Lepers告訴新科學人雜誌,大部分的人能夠維持他們的技能水準直到大約35歲到40歲。之後,每10年,這些人在技能上會有10%到15%的衰退。

然而,Marchand並沒有出現這樣的衰退。他能夠在一小時騎26.93公里(16.73英哩),那只比全齡世界紀錄54.53公里(33.88英哩)慢50.6%,這項紀錄由奧林匹克金牌得主Bradley Wiggins所創造的。Marchand的表現,說明每10年衰退少於8%。

Marchand可能是生物學上的例外。和其他104歲的人相比,他有驚人的肌肉、心臟、以及呼吸機能。但他也有鼓舞人心的效果,健康從不嫌晚。

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來源:IFLSciece