Ole Ritter and Eddy Merckx Hour Record Split Times

Ole Ritter and Eddy Merckx Hour Record Split Times

Ole Ritter and Eddy Merckx Hour Record Split Times. Merckx’s crisis came, between 42nd and 48th minutes: his progress against Ritter slowed drammatically. Giogi Albani, who had the job of standing where Merckx actually was when the bell was rung, recalls: “It was ugly, I had been walking forward, but I went from a lap and three quarters ahead, then just a lap ahead. Merckx said ‘I am dead’, I told him to calm down, and said ‘if you’re travelling at forty-nine and a half kilometers per hour you must be alive.'”

The last kilometer is covered in one minute and 11.76 seconds, the final complete lap (the 148th) in 24 seconds. The result: he broke the record by 788 meters, the biggest margin of modern times (biggest since 1912).

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