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Details to be resolved, but Manchester a possible venue for record tilt in 2014

Fabian Cancellara, four times world time trial champion, is to attempt the Hour record – with Manchester’s velodrome a possible venue.

Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport says that the 32-year-old Swiss rider will discuss the possible record attempt with Trek Factory Racing team manager Luca Guercilena when the team’s 2014 line-up is presented next Tuesday.

Guercilena told the newspaper: "Above all, with Trek engineers, we will focus on materials, then we will pick the right time for the attempt.

"The ideal would be to do it straight after [Cancellara] peaks in form –  he’d need  three weeks of adaptation specific to the track."

Manchester is reportedly one of the tracks being considered, together with Anadia in Portugal and Aguascalientes in Mexico, all three having a reputation for fast speeds.

Another issue to be resolved is when any attempt on the record might be made – Cancellara has already made the Spring Classics, where he will be defending his titles at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, his main early season target.

Guercilena said that the attempt might be made either after the Spring Classics or following the first of the two Grand Tours Cancellara is aiming to ride next season.

The Gazzetta dello Sport says it’s unclear at the moment whether he will ride the Giro and Vuelta, or the Tour de France and the Vuelta, although it adds the latter seems more likely.

The current holder of the Hour record ratified by world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, is 49.7km, set by Ondřej Sosenka of the Czech Republic, set in Moscow in 2005.

His record distance was set a decade or so after the Hour captured the imagination of cycling fans in the UK and elsewhere as Chris Boardman, Graeme Obreee, Francesco Moser, Miguel Indurain and Tony Romiger all vied in the mid-1990s to set the farthest distance in 60 minutes.

In 1996, Boardman set a distance of 56.375km using the “Superman” position pioneered by Obree, but the same year saw the UCI change the rules due to advances in equipment and riding styles, including aerodynamics, and making a distinction between the Best Human Record and the UCI Hour Record.

Eddy Merckx’s benchmark distance of 49.431km set in 1972 was reinstated as the official UCI Hour Record and was eventually bettered by Boardman at Manchester in 2000.

The British rider, using a traditional track bike, set a distance of 49.441km – just 10 metres better than Merckx – in a ride famously captured in the documentary, The Final Hour.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Simon E [2617 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant.

And could this possibly spur Wiggins to attempt it too?

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Rob Lel [9 posts] 2 years ago
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Agreed  4

Would be fantastic if this inspired several riders to compete against each other

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Tripod16 [153 posts] 2 years ago
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Wiggo, Martin and Cancellara, that woud make for a great competition if the others were interested...  36

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evo111 [20 posts] 2 years ago
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Something really special about the hour record. I will watch and await with interest to see who will attempt it …  105

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sm [375 posts] 2 years ago
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Wow, TdF in Yorkshire and now this potentially in Manchester. Bring it on.

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stefv [211 posts] 2 years ago
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Awesome. I thought it was something riders had to dedicate a lot of training to though, rather than just having a go after the Spring classics?

The Boardman documentary is on YouTube in full btw.

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Flying Heron [54 posts] 2 years ago
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This would be awesome!!!!!

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Blackhound [434 posts] 2 years ago
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Would love to go and watch if in Manchester. Think 'Spartacus' would get a lot of support over here.

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Giantroad [1 post] 2 years ago
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When Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree swapped the hour record on a number of occasions in the 90's with there innovative bikes it was a golden era.
Then the UCI step in and ban the modified riding positions of Chris and Graeme ....... How boring ...... and a step back in time.

A radical riding position UCI is riding a recumbent styled bike.

Sport is about improvement .... development and entertainment.

Could Bradley Wiggins take Chris's 56.375 km Record.

Ps Each year they motorcycle riders get faster and faster at the Isle of Man TT due to development of equipment etc

Good luck Fabian

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pwake [374 posts] 2 years ago
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Some kind of competition between current riders would be great, but I'm sure we will never see the likes of the Obree/Boardman rivalry again. That's mainly because we are very unlikely to ever see anyone like Mr Obree again! I can't imagine Spartacus marginally missing the record, so then keeping himself up all night by drinking copious amounts of water, in order not to stiffen-up, then going back the next day and breaking the record.
And if you tell that to kids today they won't believe you!

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bohrhead [69 posts] 2 years ago
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Can't wait to see how long it takes him

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 2 years ago
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bohrhead wrote:

Can't wait to see how long it takes him

Er... an hour?!

Would be awesome though. I can imagine trying to explain to my missus that I want to go and watch:

Me: "Well, it's one guy, who's not from here, riding on his own, at a steady pace, round in circles. It'll be really exciting!"

Her: "Eh?!"

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NeilXDavis [122 posts] 2 years ago
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IMO they should apply the current rules governing pursuit bikes for the hour record.

Its great to see someone have a crack at it but cycling (for many of us but I acknowledge not all) it about improvements in tech.

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James Warrener [1081 posts] 2 years ago
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I asked someone who should know at the weekend and they said Bradley will never be interested in doing it.

Hope they are wrong.

But this person was connected enough to call Sir David Brailsford, "Dave"

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Lifer [20 posts] 2 years ago
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I think it was on the Eurosport podcast where they were talking about how awesome it would be to have 2/3 riders (Fab, Martin, Wiggo?) attempting the hour record at the same time in different velodromes, with full split screen footage etc. Would love to see that!

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 2 years ago
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Lifer wrote:

I think it was on the Eurosport podcast where they were talking about how awesome it would be to have 2/3 riders (Fab, Martin, Wiggo?) attempting the hour record at the same time in different velodromes, with full split screen footage etc. Would love to see that!

Now THAT would be mental!

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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It would be really cool to see renewed interest in the hour record

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minnellium [86 posts] 2 years ago
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bohrhead wrote:

Can't wait to see how long it takes him

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