The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is delighted to announce that Belgian rider Victor Campenaerts, of UCI WorldTeam Lotto Soudal, will attempt to set a new UCI Hour Record timed by TISSOT between 16 and 17 April this year at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Campenaerts is aiming to beat the 54.526 kilometres covered by Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London (UK) on 7 June 2015.
The 27-year-old Flemish rider has established himself as one of the world’s leading specialists in timed events. A bronze medallist in the Men Elite individual time trial – behind Rohan Dennis (AUS) and Tom Dumoulin (NED) – at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, Campenaerts won back-to-back European titles in the event in 2017 and 2018.
Following the 2018 Worlds, the reigning Belgian champion completed an encouraging trial run at the Vélodrome Suisse in Granges and then travelled to Namibia for two months of altitude training. Campenaerts is due to ride at the Tirreno-Adriatico (13-19 March), a UCI WorldTour event comprising a team time trial on the opening day and an individual time trial on the last. The Lotto Soudal rider will then make the trip to Mexico, three weeks before his record attempt, for which his team is partnering with sports event organisers Golazo, who will bring their expertise to bear in helping to set the event up.
An indoor arena situated 1,800 metres above sea level, the Velodromo Bicentenario has hosted several previous attempts, the most recent of them coming last year, when Martin Toft Madsen (Denmark) and Dion Beukeboom (Netherlands) took on the men’s record and Italy’s Vittoria Bussi set the existing women’s world best of 48.007 km. Aguascalientes also hosted major events on the UCI International Track Cycling Calendar, including several rounds of the UCI Track World Cup and the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships.
Discussing his attempt, Campenaerts said: “I respect Bradley a lot and I do not consider myself as a better athlete than the former Tour de France winner and five-time Olympic champion. However, by making progress and taking into account every possible detail, I hope to have a chance to take over the hour record. Personally, the world hour record, the world time trial title and the Olympic time trial title are the three dreams I want to pursue the coming years, starting with the world hour record.”
UCI President David Lappartient said: “I am delighted to see that the UCI Hour Record timed by TISSOT continues to generate so much enthusiasm among riders, even if Bradley Wiggins raised the bar very high. Victor is a superb specialist who showed what he is capable of by climbing on to the podium at the last UCI Road World Championships. I cannot wait to see how he fares in Mexico in April, knowing the part that altitude can play in outstanding performances.”
The UCI Hour Record timed by TISSOT has attracted fresh interest among riders since the regulations were updated in 2014 to permit the use of the latest pursuit bikes. Since then a total of ten men and six women have attempted to make history in the fabled event.
Below is a list of previous UCI Hour Record attempts (new records appear with an asterisk*):
|22.08.2018||Dion Beukeboom (NED)||Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX)||52.757 km|
|26.07.2018||Martin Toft Madsen (DEN)||Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX)||53.630 km|
|07.06.2015||*Bradley Wiggins (GBR)||Lee Valley VeloPark, London (GBR)||54.526 km - current record|
|02.05.2015||*Alex Dowsett (GBR)||National Cycling Centre, Manchester (GBR)||52.937 km|
|14.03.2015||Gustav Larsson (SWE)||National Cycling Centre, Manchester (GBR)||50.016 km|
|25.02.2015||Thomas Dekker (NED)||Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX)||52.221 km|
|08.02.2015||*Rohan Dennis (AUS||Vélodrome Suisse, Granges (SUI)||52.491 km|
|31.01.2015||Jack Bobridge (AUS)||Darebin International Sports Centre, Melbourne (AUS)||51.300 km|
|30.10.2014||*Matthias Brändle (AUT)||UCI World Cycling Centre, Aigle (SUI)||51,852 km|
|18.09.2014||*Jens Voigt (GER)||Vélodrome Suisse, Granges (SUI)||51.110 km|
|14.09.2018||*Vittoria Bussi (ITA)||Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX)||48.007 km - current record|
|06.10.2017||Vittoria Bussi (ITA)||Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX)||47.576 km|
|27.02.2016||*Evelyn Stevens (USA)||Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome (USA)||47.980 km|
|22.01.2016||*Bridie O'Donnell (AUS)||Adelaide’s Super-Drome (AUS)||46.882 km|
|12.09.2015||*Molly Shaffer Van Houweling (USA)||Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX)||46.273 km|
|28.02.2015||Sarah Storey (GBR)||Lee Valley VeloPark, London (GBR)||45.502 km|