Hour Record

The hour record is one of the most prestigious records in cycling with roots dating back to 1983 when it was set by Henri Desgrange, the man who would go on to create and run the Tour de France. In the mid 1990s the record was repeatedly broken on increasingly advanced equipment forcing the sports governing body, the UCI, in to creating a set of regulations that stifled record attempts and confused the record books.

The record was effectively reset this May when the UCI standardised the equipment regulations, bringing them inline with Olympic track cycling, and announcing the current record of 49.7km (previously called the ‘athletes hour’ as it was set on equipment similar to that used by Eddy Merckx in 1972) would stand as the mark to beat.

Fabian Cancellara had expressed interest in attacking the record this year, but his challenge never materialised. Instead, his retiring team mate Jens Voigt will make an attempt in Switzerland on September 18.

Hour record
Ondrej Sosenka (CZE) 49.700km Moscow, 19/07/2005
Chris Boardman (GBR) 49.441km Manchester, 27/10/2000
———— All records below set prior to the Lugano Charter ————
Chris Boardman (GBR) 56.375km Manchester, 06/09/1996*
Tony Rominger (SUI) 55.291km Bordeaux, 05/11/1994
Tony Rominger (SUI) 53.832km Bordeaux, 22/10/1994
Miguel Indurain (ESP) 53.040km Bordeaux, 02/09/1994
Graeme Obree (GBR) 52.719km Bordeaux, 27/04/1994*
Chris Boardman (GBR) 52.270km Bordeaux, 23/07/1993
Francesco Moser (ITA) 51.840km Mexico, 15/01/1994
Graeme Obree (GBR) 51.596km Hamar, 17/07/1993†
*Superman position
†Tuck position
Source: UCI