2015-06-07 Watching Hour Record

The Hour

On June 7 2015, Sunday, Sir Bradley Wiggins, the British cyclist specialized in time-trials broke the hour record. I watched the event with one of the kitties.

But what is the Hour Record?

The hour record is the record for the longest distance cycled in one hour on a bicycle from a stationary start. Cyclists attempt this record alone on the track without other competitors present. It is considered perhaps the most prestigious record in all of cycling. (wikipedia)

“Here is a simple question. How far can you ride a bicycle in one hour? No assistance, no pace-makers. A rider alone on a track, with only the time elapsed and the distance covered to occupy his mind. The very purest of physical efforts. This is the World Hour Record, and it took over my life.” — Michael Hutchinson, “The Hour”.

The first cyclist to win Olympic titles on both track and road, world titles on both track and road, as well as the Tour de France (in 2012), Wiggins set a final mark of 54.526 kilometers beating the previous best of 52.937 km, set by Essex’s Alex Dowsett in Manchester on May 2, 2015, by nearly two kilometers.

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