The Hour is cycling’s most iconic record. Man and machine against the clock, where every rider from any generation can race against each other to see who can set the furthest distance in 60 minutes. The first man to set a mark was American Frank Dobbs in 1876, who rode on a penny farthing to 26.508km. But the list of those who’ve broken the Hour since then reads like a who’s who of cycling greats, with grand tour giants like Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil and the illustrious Eddy Merckx having all held the record. We begin with Merckx’s successful attempt in 1972 and onwards towards the modern era of the Hour Record which saw its nature change drastically with the introduction of aerodynamic technology and rule changes from the governing body. From Merckx to Boardman, Moser to Obree, Voigt to Dennis, here’s a brief history of the prestigious Hour Record.