The Hour Record

The Hour Record

The Cycling World Hour Record is the most famous record in cycling, from 1893 to 2000 the best cyclists in the World have held the hour record including legends like Fausto Coppi or Eddy Merckx.
In all these years the hour record has seen innovative equipment. On september 9th 2000, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale - International Cycling Union) decided to create a "UCI Hour Record" as well as a "Best Hour Performance". From that day, the UCI Hour Record was the one that Eddy Merckx achieved in Mexico on 25th October 1972, covering a distance of 49.43195 km. This UCI Hour Record could only be attempted if the equipment was presented and checked beforehand by the UCI and it must be similar to that used by Merckx.
In may 2014 the UCI finally decided to abandon this rule and allow modern track bikes again. The record however was defined as the last record of the "UCI Hour Record" category  (Ondrej Sosenka, 49.700 km in 2005).

Chronic of the hour record

Distance
(km)
Rider Nation. Location Date Gearing Bike Weight (g) Crank Arm Cadence (rpm)
35.325 Henri DesgrangeFRA Paris 11.5.1893
38.220Jules Dubois FRA Paris 31.10.1894
39.240Marcel Van den Eynde BELParis 30.7.1897
40.781Willie Hamilton USA Denver 9.7.1898
41.110Lucien Petit-Breton FRAParis 24.08.1905
41.520Marcel Berthet FRAParis 20.06.1907
42.122Oscar Egg ZWIParis 26.08.191234x7=7,22m(2) 8500 97,2
42.306 0Richard Weise WDLBerlin 27.7.1913
42.741Marcel Berthet FRAParis 07.08.1913
43.525Oscar Egg ZWIParis 21.08.1913
43.775Marcel Berthet FRAParis 21.09.1913
44.247Oscar Egg ZWIParis 18.06.191424x7=7,22m 102,1
44.588Jan Van Hout NED Roermond 25.08.1933
44.777Maurice Richard FRA St. Truiden 29.08.193324x7=7,32m 8500 101,9
45.090Giuseppe Olmo ITA Milano 31.10.193524x7=7,32m 8000 102,7
45.3983Maurice Richard FRA Milano 14.10.193624x7=7,32m 8000 172103,4
45.5583Frans Slaats NED Milano 29.09.193724x7=7,32m 8000 103,7
45.8403 Maurice Archambaud FRA Milano 04.11.193724x7=7,32m 171 104,4
45.8713 Fausto Coppi ITA Milano 07.11.194252x15=7,40m 9500 171103,3
46.159 Jacques Anquetil FRA Milano 29.06.195652x15=7,40m 7300 104,0
46.393 Ercole Baldini ITA Milano 19.09.1956 6450
46.924Roger Riviere FRA Milano 18.09.195752x15=7,40m 6450 171105,7
47.346Roger Riviere FRA Milano 23.09.195853x15=7,54m 6850 175104,7
47.493 1Jaques Anquetil FRA Milano 27.09.196752x13=8,54m 6690 17592,7
48.093Ferdinand Bracke BEL Rome 30.10.196753x15=7,54m 5960 175106,3
48.653Ole Ritter DEN Mexico City 10.10.196854x15=7,69m 7000 175105,4
49.431Eddy Merckx BEL Mexico City 25.10.197252x14=7,93m 5750 175103,9
50.808Francesco Moser ITA Mexico City 19.01.198456x15=8,12m 7850 175104,3
51.151Francesco Moser ITA Mexico City 23.01.198457x15=8,27m 7500 175103,1
51.596Graeme Obree GBR Hamar 17.07.199352x12=9,25m 17593,0
52.270Chris Boardman GBR Bordeaux 23.07.199353x13=8,56m 7100 175101,8
52.713Graeme Obree GBR Bordeaux 27.04.1994 175
53.040Miguel Indurain ESP Bordeaux 02.09.199459x14=8,76m 6500 190100,9
53.832Tony Rominger ZWIBordeaux 22.10.199459x14=8,85m 8300 172,5101,4
55.291Tony Rominger ZWIBordeaux 05.11.199460x14=9.02m 8300 172,5102,2
56.375Chris Boardman GBR Manchester 06.09.199656x13=8,95m 170 ?105,0

 

UCI Hour Record

49.441 Chris BoardmanGBR Manchester 27.10.200054x14
49.700 Ondrej SosenkaTCH Moscow 19.07.200554x13 9800 190

 

Hour Record since 2014

51.115 Jens VoigtGER Grenchen 18.09.201455x14
51.852 Matthias BraendleAUT Aigle 30.10.201455x13

52.491 Rohan DennisAUS Grenchen 08.02.201556x14
52.937 Alex DowsettGBR Manchester 02.05.2015?
54.526 Bradley WigginsGBR London 07.06.201558x14

0 Unofficial after remeasurement of the track 1 Unofficial record, because Anquetil did not show up at the drug test
2 Must be a typo on the original page
3
Different numbers, look here
 

Most of the first table could be found in the german "Bruegelmann-Radsport" Catalog some years ago. Look here for the original page.



Records from 1956 - 1972


Hour records from 1984 - 1996 with split times

DISTMoser 23.01.84Obree 17.07.93 Boardman 23.07.93Obree 27.04.94 Indurain 02.09.94 Rominger 29.10.94 Rominger 05.11.94 Boardman 06.09.96
1 km 01'14.5'' 01'12.6'' 01'10.6''01'10.8''
5 km 05'47.2''05'47.1'' 05'48.5'' 5'39.0''05'43.9" 05'39.1" 05'30.3" 05'27.0"
10 km 11'40.7'' 11'32.9'' 11'30.8'' 11'18.1'' 11'20.0" 11'10.4" 10'53.5" 10'47.1''
15 km 17'30.5''17'22.1'' 17'13.4'' 16'57.0'' 16'58.9" 16'42.4" 16'17.2" 16'05.5''
20 km 23'21.6'' 23'11.4'' 22'56.5'' 22'39.0'' 22'38.5"22'15.6" 21'42.9" 21'23.9"
25 km 29'14.8'' 29'00.5'' 28'41.5'' 28'21.9''28'18.3"27'49.7" 27'08.7" 26'42.5''
30 km 35'07.8'' 34'50.8'' 34'25.5''34'04.3''33'58.3" 33'26.3"32'25.0" 32'00.5"
35 km 41'00.3'' 40'39.8'' 40'11.1'' 39'46.9''39'33.4"39'02.4" 38'00.5" 37'20.7''
40 km 46'52.0'' 46'30.4'' 45'57.3''45'30.7''45'13.8" 44'36.9"43'26.9" 42'41.3"
45 km 52'45.9'' 52'20.0'' 51'43.4'' 51'14.0''50'55.9"50'12.6" 48'53.6" 48'01.1''
50 km 58'40.1'' 58'09.5'' 57'28.7'' 56'54.5''56'34.2"55'48.2" 54'18.7" 53'21.7"
55 km 59'41.7"
1 hour 51.151 km51.596 km 52.270 km52,713 km53.040 km 53.832 km55.291 km56.375


Hour records from 1984-1996 in detail

2000-2014: The UCI Hour Record

My UCI hour record page.

Hour Record since 2014


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