The Women's Hour Record

UCI Hour Record

Kilometers Rider Nationality Location Date Gearing Bike Weight (g) Crank Arm Cadence (rpm)
38.473 Tamara Novikova URS Irkoutsk 07.07.1955
38.569 Renee Vissac FRA Milan 18.09.1957
39.718 Mildred Robinson GBR Milan 25.09.1958
41.347 Elsy Jacobs LUX Milan 09.11.1958
41.471 Maria Cressari ITA Mexico City 25.11.1972
43.082 Cornelia Van Oosten NED Munich 16.09.1978
43.500 Anna Wilson AUS Melbourne 18.10.2000
44.767 Jeannie Longo FRA Mexico City 05.11.2000
45.094 Jeannie Longo FRA Mexico City 12.12.2000
46.065 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel NED Mexico City 01.10.2003

 

Best Hour Performance

Kilometers Rider Nationality Location Date Gearing Bike Weight (g) Crank Arm Cadence (rpm)
44.770 Jeannie Longo FRA Colorado Springs 20.09.1986
44.933 Jeannie Longo FRA Colorado Springs 23.09.1987
46.352 Jeannie Longo FRA Mexico City 01.10.1989
47.112 Catherine Marsal FRA Bordeaux 29.04.1995
47.411 Yvonne McGregor GBR Manchester 17.06.1995
48.159 Jeannie Longo FRA Mexico City 26.10.1996

 

Hour Record since 2014

Kilometers Rider Nationality Location Date Gearing Bike Weight (g) Crank Arm Cadence (rpm)
46.273 Molly Shaffer Van Houweling USA Aguascalientes 12.09.2015
46.882 Bridie O' Donnell AUS Adelaide 22.02.2016
47.980 Evelyne Stevens USA Colorado Springs 27.02.2016
48.007 Vittoria Bussi ITA Aguascalientes 14.09.2018
48.405 Joscelin Lowden GBR Grenchen 30.09.2021 6415
49.254 Ellen van Dijk NED Grenchen 23.05.2022 5814 170 95


The development of the men's and women's record over the years

For a long time the difference between the men's and women's record was about 8 km. Then the women came quite close to the men's record in the 80's until the men made dramatic improvements from 1993 to 1996. When the UCI changed its rules 1996, Jeannie Longo's record was 48.159 km, while Chris Boardman rode 56.375 km, so again we have more than eight kilometres difference...
Then came the "UCI Hour Record", with only two succesful attempts from Chris Boardman and Ondrej Sosenka for the men (and quite a few failed attempts!). The women improved the old record from 1978 four times, getting closer and closer to the men's record. Finally the difference between men and women was just about 3.6 km!
The last women's attempts were made at high altitude at Mexico City, which should give roughly an advantage of 1-2 km/h, but still the small difference is impressive...
With the new rule change in 2014 and aerodynamic improvements in the past years one would expect that both men and women should be capable of beating the records from the nineties. However, the men's first attempts were only as fast as the eighties records (were bullhorn handlebars were used...). The men improved in the following years, however in 2021 the record of Victor Campenaerts (55.089 km at altitude) was still well below Chris Boardman's mark (and also below Toni Rominger's mark), both at sea level. In 2022 finally Dan Bigham beat Toni Rominger's mark and in october Filippo Ganna unified all men's records with a mark of 56.792 km.
The women did better and showed a huge improvement, Joscelin Lowden beating Jeannie Longo's record from 1996 in september 2021, and in may 2022 Ellen van Dijk with 49.254 km. So now the women are about 7.5 km/h slower than the men, a little bit less than the difference in the nineties...

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