This afternoon (on January 4, 2017) 105-year-old French cyclist Robert Marchand set the hour record for the category created especially for him by the UCI (105+). At the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome near Paris, managed to complete 22.547 kilometers in an hour! He fell just short of his 2014 record of 26.927 kilometers but what a phenomenal achievement!
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I finished reading Michael Hutchinson’s “The Hour”, which gained him the award for “Best New Writer” at the 2007 “British Sports Book Awards”. The book mainly covers the first of his two (unsuccessful) hour record attempts.
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BMC Racing Team’s Australian rider Rohan Dennis sets the new hour record with 52.491 kilometers (32.616 mi), beating Matthias Brändle’s record by over 600 metres, at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland.
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In 1972, On 25 October, Eddy Merckx set the Hour Record, after a great season: he started the year winning “la primavera”, Milan-San Remo, the first classic of the cycling season. He then won Liège-Bastogne-Liège, one of the five “monuments”, the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France (both general classification and points classification), and another monument, Giro di Lombardia (currently “Il Lombardia”) as well as many other races.
Then he attacked the Hour Record.
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Jens Voigt smashes the Hour Record by 1,410 meters at the Vélodrome Suisse in Grenchen. The recently-retired German, who turned 43 on Wednesday, covered 51.110 kilometers (31.76 miles-205 laps) in one hour. The previous record was 49.700 km (30.88 miles) set by Ondřej Sosenka of the Czech Republic in 2005 in Moscow.
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Trek has revealed the bike which Jens Voigt will use his Hour Record attempt on September 18. The Trek Speed Concept 9 series bike has Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain and full disc wheels.
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Recently retired Jens Voigt will attack the Hour Record on September 18, announced Trek Factory Racing team. He will attempt to break Ondřej Sosenka’s 49.7 kilometer mark, which was set in 2005. The attempt will happen in the Vélodrome Suisse in Grenchen.
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Today’s historic photo of the day: 20 years ago today, on September 2, 1994, Miguel Indurain broke the Hour Record at Velodrome du Lac, Bordeaux. While breaking the record, Indurain covered 53.040 km in an hour. The previous record was Graeme Obree’s 52.713 km, achieved in April 24, 1994, at the same place.
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102-year-old Robert Marchand still holds the Hour Record for 100+ age group. Tomorrow, the evergreen Frenchman will attack his own record.
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One of the bikes that Graeme Obree “the Flying Scotsman” used in his world hour record bid in 1993 in Hamar, Norway has been sold on eBay for £10,000 by his former manager, Vic Haines.
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