At 6pm this evening UK time, Jens Voigt will set off on the track of the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland to attempt to break the UCI Hour record – and he’s revealed the music he plans to be listening to while doing it.
Earpieces are banned under UCI rules to prevent riders getting information from their coaching team, so Voigt will have to rely on visual cues or shouted information from the one member of staff permitted to be on the trackside to know whether he is on course to break the existing record of 49.700 kilometres held by Ondrej Sosenka.
But assuming the commissaires allow music over the velodrome’s PA system, the German, who turned 43 yesterday, will also be able to pace himself by checking his progress against the songs he has chosen to accompany his assault on the record.
Yesterday, his Trek Factory Racing team revealed the choice of tunes that Voigt plans to ride to. After a warm-up play list including REO Speedwagon’s Keep on Loving You and Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams, the serious business of the attempt on the record will start to the accompaniment of Republica’s Ready to Go.
Sixty minutes later – by which time Voigt aims to have ridden 50 kilometres – it will end to the strains of Europe’s Final Countdown.
On the way there are plenty of songs with titles that perhaps reflect what he is expecting – AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, Here Comes the Pain by the Farmerboys, and the Black Sabbath classic, Paranoid. And among the songs for his cooldown afterwards? Cranberries hit, Zombie.
The playlists are revealed in an article on the Trek Factory Racing website that also provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on Twitter about the record attempt; you can find it here.
British Eurosport will be providing live coverage of the record attempt this evening, with its programme starting at 5.30pm BST. The channel will also be running 15-minute previews during the afternoon, as well as a review of this year’s Tour de France.
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