BMC Racing Team’s Australian rider Rohan Dennis breaks the hour record with 52.491 kilometers (32.616 mi), beating Matthias Brändle’s record by over 600 meters, at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland.
Dennis used a 56×14 gear ratio while setting the new hour record. The previous record was 51.852 km (32.22 mi).
The Australian was already ahead of Brändle’s pace even in the first kilometer, and after 20 minutes, his average speed was 52.6 km/h. By the halfway mark, he was even faster: 52.7 km/h. He continued to increase the page, by the time he reached the 40-minute mark, his average speed reached 57.8 km/h.
Finally, he passed Brändle’s 51.852 kilometers with over 90 seconds to spare, and from there, it was simply a matter of how much he could add to the record. He completed the hour with 52.491 kilometers (32.616 mi).
“I am pretty tired but really, really proud. BMC made it easy. The whole week leading into this was very stressless. There was no pressure. It was perfect for me. It almost felt easy, although it wasn’t. It is great.”
Australian cyclists Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis, and Dutchman Thomas Dekker tried to break the Hour Record within a few weeks, between 31 January and 25 February 2015. Dennis was the only one of the three to set a new record, and in doing so was the first rider to cover more than 52 kilometers (32.3 mi).
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- Hour Record on Wikipedia