Dan Bigham is the new British Hour Record holder after surpassing the distance set by Sir Bradley Wiggins back in 2015. The 29-year-old powered his way to 54.723km in the Grenchen Velodrome in Switzerland this afternoon, 197m further than Wiggins' distance.
Bigham stressed the importance of pacing and aerodynamics before the event, and promised he would not touch the power output Wiggins famously recorded at the Lee Valley VeloPark six years ago.
Instead Bigham, who rides for British Continental outfit Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, opted for a strict pacing strategy and some bold kit choices, partly informed by his high-performance cycling kit business Wattshop and coaching role with the Danish track cycling team.
Despite being ten seconds down on Wiggins' benchmark early on, he managed to hold his pacing, overhauling the deficit and extending his advantage as the hour ticked down.
Hour Records - a great weekend for this pair of Joss Lowden and Dan Bigham as they both achieve their goals for the Women's and Men's Hour records - Here is Dan's record (British) confirmed in pictures
— British Cycle Sport (@VeloUK) October 1, 2021
Talking to The Cycling Dane Youtube channel at the finish, where the ride was live streamed, an ecstatic Bigham said: "It was actually really enjoyable.
"I am sure I had a few people scared early on. It is quite a scary way to ride it because you know you have got to pick it up, but I paced it really well.
"I felt I was on a good one, earlier in my warm up and out on the track. I had target splits for every five minutes so I knew exactly what time gap I needed to be at. After 20 minutes I thought 'I can nip at this a bit more'.
"I was just hitting 16.00s and 16.10s [lap times] for the last 25 minutes and I was just chipping away at the record. I thought it would bite me at some point, just at those last five minutes I was like 'and now it hurts'."
Bigham was greeted by his partner Joss Lowden at the finish, before his distance was ratified by trackside officials. Lowden herself yesterday broke the outright women's Hour Record with a distance of 48.405km in the same velodrome.
Due to issues surrounding drug testing, Bigham could not have broken the UCI Hour Record, even if he had surpassed Victor Campanaerts' world best distance of 55.089km. As he does not ride for a WorldTour or UCI Pro team, Bigham is not elligible for the UCI Testing Pool, something he estimates would have cost around £7,000 to enter at his own expense.
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.