Wired takes a look at the Hour Record and why it’s almost impossible to ride a bike 60km in an hour.
Vittoria Bussi has tried to beat the record before… and failed.
This just goes to show that you’re never too old to chase your dreams.
With Wiggo’s new hour record title firmly stamped in the record books, infographics like this from Massif Central break all the data down play by play in a design that radiates off his signature bullseye. Check out more at Massif Central.
In my opinion, Merckx still holds the hour record in an era before aerodynamics were a main concern. His Colnago-built Molteni track bike was completely laced out with Pino Morroni drillium componentry to reduce weight and nothing protected the hardened cyclist from a potential collision, save for a Cinelli hairnet. In 1972, Merckx was the man of the hour and his legacy still lives to this day. This video showcases other greats from the Hour Record.
Don’t miss this Merckx Mondays from 2009 and the discussion on the original Merckx Hour Record bike…
Great find, Tracko!
I wish I could have found this portrait that George Marshall took to post instead, but this photo from Rapha’s MyHour page will suffice. As if anyone was doubting Wiggo, he successfully set a new hour record of 54.526km\h, sending him even more decorated into cycling’s great history books and topping off his career.
Read more at the BBC.