The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce that Daniel (Dan) Bigham today broke the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot, by covering a distance of 55.548 km in 60 minutes at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.
This exceptional performance enables the British athlete to take the record from Belgium’s Victor Campenaerts, who covered 55.089 km on 16 April 2019 in Aguascalientes (Mexico).
After his successful attempt, Dan Bigham reacted: “It’s just a bit mind blowing, pretty epic.”
He explained: “I was a bit ahead of split the first half, but I actually felt really good. I got to halfway and I basically had to keep riding 16.0 (per lap) for the second half which was quite daunting because I’ve never ridden 16s for half an hour before.
“I guess you’ve never got it until you’ve ridden the laps. That’s the scary thing. You’re on pace but you still have to cover the distance. I had a bit of a wobbly in my head just after the halfway mark, like ‘how am I going to ride 16s for the next half hour?’
“In my head I wanted 55.5 km so put another 48 metres on it, I am pretty pleased with that!”
Men’s UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot:
19.08.2022: Dan Bigham (GBR), Tissot Velodrome, Grenchen (SUI), 55.548 km
16.04.2019: Victor Campenaerts (BEL), Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX), 55.089 km
07.06.2015: Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Lee Valley VeloPark, London (GBR), 54.526 km
02.05.2015: Alex Dowsett (GBR), National Cycling Centre, Manchester (GBR), 52.937 km
08.02.2015: Rohan Dennis (AUS), Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen (SUI), 52.491 km
30.10.2014: Matthias Brändle (AUT), UCI World Cycling Centre, Aigle (SUI), 51.852 km
18.09.2014: Jens Voigt (GER), Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen (SUI), 51.110 km.
The women’s UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot is held by the Netherlands’ Ellen van Dijk, who covered the distance of 49.254 km at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen on 23 May 2022.