Wiggo’s Hour Record Attempt

This Sunday will see Bradley Wiggins attempt to smash the hour record. There’s been a huge amount of interest in the record since the UCI relaxed the rules so that you no longer need to ride a Merckx style bike.

hour-bikesEddy Merckx’s 1972 hour record bike compared to Alex Dowsett’s 2015 track bike!

Many people are expecting Wiggins to destroy the record, setting the bar so high that nobody else can touch it. There’s even talk of him going further than Boardman’s 56.375km all time record! I’m hoping that doesn’t happen. I’d like there to be more attempts on the hour for some time still.

I made a prediction back in May of 54.105km for Wiggins.

I’m sticking with that. It will mean easily breaking Dowsett’s 52.937km record but hopefully not putting it “on the shelf” and discouraging other riders from having a crack. I’d like to see Alex Dowsett have another go at it and see if he can break the record a second time! What’s your prediction?

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16 thoughts on “Wiggo’s Hour Record Attempt

  1. I would like to see him crack it, at least to leave a mark. Alex Dowsett rode a phenomenal hour, so let’s see how good Wiggo goes, sideburns and all.
    One last thing, can you imagine if the Cannibal had had one of these new fandangled carbon machines?

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  2. Considering how precise Wiggins is when it comes to training, and how readily measurable times are on the track, I reckon he’ll get close to his own prediction of 55.250km. It seems ridiculously fast, but I don’t think he’d have made a public prediction without good reason to think he could achieve it.

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  3. Free gels …. with a minimum purchase as I recall, but lets not be pedantic.
    As was said earlier, for Wiggins to have publicly stated a little while ago that he could “break the record tomorrow” he must be in pretty good shape and very confident.
    I reckon at least 54.6 if not higher.

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    • You got damn close there! Official distance of 54.526km. He didn’t have the best of luck with the air pressure and you could see the fatigue towards the end when his lap times went up. Alex Dowsett must be thinking about having another go now that the record is still below 55km.

      Wonder who will be next?

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      • Reckon Dowsett may have another crack, but I think that record will stay for a while. He should have perhaps done what Merckx did and gone to altitude for his attempt, he’d have smashed it out of sight (although I don’t know if thats allowed these days)?

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        • Apart from Dowsett, I think any other pro attempting to break this record will go to altitude for max gains. I think Alex and his team of people will be busy crunching some numbers this week to see what’s possible. He’s a lot younger than Wiggins too so has a few years left to give it another good shot!

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          • Just finished reading an article by Graham Obree saying he reckons Dowsett will give it another go fairly soon. When you remember that Merckx said he was never the same cyclist after his hour record, I’d suggest he waited towards the end of his career.

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