Rohan Dennis breaks cycling’s world hour record
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis has broken the world hour record on the track, setting a new benchmark of 52.491 kilometres.
When fellow Australian Jack Bobridge attempted the same feat in Melbourne last week he was left physically exhausted, unable to even dismount his bike for several excruciating minutes while he vomited trackside.
After undertaking the same pursuit in Grenchen, Switzerland, in the early hours of Monday morning Australian time, Dennis could not have cut a more contrasting figure.
With Cadel Evans watching on in the full house, a jubilant Dennis did not merely jump off his bike instantly after achieving the feat but hoisted his customised set of wheels above his head.
Handed an Australian flag, the 24-year-old BMC Rider, who won the Tour Down Under in Adelaide last month with expert support from Evans, waved it ecstatically before plonking into a plush red armchair for an interview.
“I’m really, really proud,” the 2011 world pursuit champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist said. “With BMC, they made it easy. The whole week leading into this, since Tour Down Under, was very stress-less. There was no pressure and everything worked perfectly. It almost feels too easy, though obviously it wasn’t. They made it absolutely perfect.”
After his failed attempt at breaking the record – Bobridge managed 51.3 kilometres in the hour – it took the distressed rider some time to recover sufficiently to talk to the press. When he did, the South Australian was still clearly affected by the taxing exercise that he described as feeling like a near-death experience.
The only such sign Dennis showed a matter of minutes after his record-breaking ride, was a cramp.
Embraced by Evans and head BMC coach Neal Henderson, who paced his young Australian charge throughout the 60 minutes, Dennis said he could have ridden faster. At one stage in the attempt he was poised to record 52.739km, but he slowed up in the last 10 minutes.
“There was no point where I didn’t think I could do it, it was just a matter of how much I’d beat it by,” he later said.
A stone’s throw away from BMC’s headquarters, Dennis used a customised BMC TrackMachine TR01 and broke the record of 51.852km set in October by Austrian Matthias Brändle, also in Switzerland.
Brändle bettered the effort set five months ago by popular, recently retired, veteran of the peloton Jens Voigt, who rode at the same Velodrome Suisse venue as Dennis.
The vaunted record has previously been held by cycling royalty such as Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain and attempts to break it are back in vogue following a push from cycling’s world governing body, the UCI.
When Bobridge made his attempt during last week’s Australian track championships meet, Thornbury’s DISC velodrome was filled.
British Olympic and world time-trial champion Bradley Wiggins has indicated he wants to attempt the record but has not committed to a date.
The hour record must be attempted solo and from a stationary start. Attempted over history by the world’s elite and amateur cyclists, the first known record over an hour was set in 1876 when American Frank Dodds rode 26.508km on a penny-farthing.
Merckx rode 49.331km in 1972 and described it as the hardest ride he’d ever done.
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