French cyclist Robert Marchand has ridden 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 14.5 mph -- not far off the pace he kept up to set the world hour record for his age group in Switzerland last February.

No prior record for a centenarian riding 62 miles exists, but cycling's international governing body will recognize Marchand's feat, French cycling federation head David Lappartient said.

The president of Marchand's cycling club says he's an inspiration.

"He's an example for humanity, he gives people hope," said Gerard Mistler.