The Future ? / News Archive & Failed Attempts
Will Chris Boardman's record stand forever? Though the radical
superman position is prohibited, there is still a
chance to break Boardman's 56.375 km/h.
In 2011 Jack Bobridge broke Chris Boardman's 4000 m pursuit
record from 1996 (4.11.11) riding 4.10.53 in a "non-superman" position. So
in principle it sems possible that also the hour recors mark of 56.375 km/h
could be broken...
If I take Tony Rominger's 55.291 km as a
reference for the best "non superman" performance of a rider at sea level using the standard
From september 2000 - until may 2014 this would have been then a "Best Hour Performance",
according to the UCI rules in this period.
From may 2014 this will be again the "hour record"...
For the moment please look at my "UCI Hour Record" page
for updates... Right now I am not sure how to handle the situation from 2000 - 2014.
Attempt at high altitude: As described on my
hour record at altitude page, a track at an altitude of
about 2000 m should give already
an advantage of roughly 2-3 km compared to a track on sea level, the maximum
improvement is reached around 3500 m. So it should be possible to reach more
than 57 km/h
at high altitude (see also swiss "Velo" magazine 1/95).
The disadvantage is that all tracks at high altitude are outdoor tracks. It is
hard to find the perfect day with the right temperature and light or no winds.
History of Attempts after May 2014 (Lugano Rules)
27th February 2015: A graph by Xavier Disley:
Voigt vs. Braendle vs. Dennis vs. Bobridge vs: Dekker
25th February 2015: Thomas Dekker to attempt Hour Record at altitude
Unsuccessful attempt (52.221 km):
Thomas Dekker misses UCI hour record
Two graphs by Xavier Disley:
8th February 2015: Rohan Dennis will attempt to break the hour
record on 8th february in Grenchen, Switzerland. Successful attempt (52.491 km), see my Rohan Dennis page
31th January 2015:
with unsuccesful attempt, see also here
30th October 2014:
Matthias Braendle (Aigle,SUI , 51.852 km)
18th September 2014:
Jens Voigt (Grenchen, SUI, 51.115 km)
History of Attempts from 2000 - 2014 (UCI Record)
6th July 2006:
cancels his hour record attempt
26th January 2006:
Laszlo Bodrogi announces that he will undertake a hour
record attempt in september (one week after the TT World Championchips in
19th July 2005:
Sosenka breaks hour record! Look at my Sosenka hour
7th July 2005:
Sosenka with hour record attempt
Czech rider Ondrej Sosenka (Acqua e Sapone) will undertake a hour record
attempt in Moscow on 19th july.
18th April 2005:
Lance Armstrong announces his retirement after the Tour de France 2005.
No more words about the hour record...
27th January 2005:
It seems that Lance Armstrong wants to
undertake a serious attempt to brake the world hour record. It is not clear
if he is aiming for the
or for the "best hour performance", or maybe even
for both? There are several articles about this on the web, check out
the search engines or read this one at
15th December 2004:
Nuttli hour attempt fails
Swiss track specialist Jean Nuttli tried to crack the track hour record on
Wednesday, December 15, but failed. In the Vienna Velodrome, Nuttli only
completed 46.642 km. He said that his training results had been OK, but
the dry air in the velodrome made it hard to breathe.
31st October 2004:
Dominique Bozzi hour attempt fails
French rider Dominique Bozzi failed in his hour record attempt at the
Bordeaux velodrome, completing 45.379 km. For more details check his website
8th April 2004:
Obree drops hour-record bid
Scots cyclist Graeme Obree has abandoned his bid to reclaim the world hour
record held by England's Chris Boardman.
Obree, who held the record before Boardman set his mark of 49.441km under new
rules in 2000, told AFP of his decision after a test ride on Sunday at the
Manchester velodrome suggested he was too far away from record-breaking
Read the full article
2nd Jul 2003:
Hutchinson fails in bid to break Boardman's record
MANCHESTER, England - Michael Hutchinson failed on Wednesday in
his bid to improve the world hour record set by former Olympic track champion
Chris Boardman three years ago.
Hutchinson, 29, who represented Northern Ireland at last year's Commonwealth
Games, abandoned his attempt at Manchester Velodrome after gradually slipping
back on his schedule.
Boardman was 18 seconds down on Boardman's mark after the first 10 kilometres
and the national road time trial champion slipped more than a minute off
Boardman's pace after 30 kilometres before pulling off the track after 40
minutes having covered 32.5km.
Hutchinson is expected to make another attempt on Boardman's record later in
15th Nov 2002:
abandons his first attempt after 60 laps (15 km/48.449 km/h).
It seems that he has problems to
keep his nerves under control. A 20 minutes training ride in normal cycling
clothes was faster than the actual attempt.
On the next day he completes one hour, but reaches only 47.093 km.
21 Oct 2001:
German cyclist Thomas Liese has failed in his attempt to break the one-hour
Liese stopped his attempt after 37 minutes because he had fallen behind
Boardman's pace (about 600 m).
Liese rides for the team Nuernberger and was returning to professional cycling
after a 12-year break.
At the start of the Tour de France Lance Armstrong tells reporters that he
wants to break the hour record this year with the help of controversial Italian
doctor Michele Ferrari. Lots of discussion, but nothing has happend so far...
Ten days after the end of the Giro D Italia Abram Olano cancels his attempt
Greg Lunt's Graeme Obree
Graeme Obree in hour tests
In his bid to gain selection for the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He is now well
motivated and undertaking a new approach in
his search to regain the coverted title of Hour Record Holder. A new diet,
stamina training and the guidance of sports
scientist Joe Beer are the combination in which Graeme is counting on to get
him back in the spotlight.
Despite serious underfunding he is single minded about the task in hand despite
Chris Boardman's promise that he would
"Eat his hat" if Graeme pulled it off. The attempt is planned for sometime in
May 98, with a public test in late Feb or March
at Manchester Velodrome. It will last approx 20mins, approx 55kph at leat, then
he will know if he is on course.
"To take the record I'm going to have to grit my teeth and then grit them some
more and spit blood to make the difference.
And, after doing all that, I'll either just break the record or just miss it. I
might only add 10 meters to it, because I think the
record is now at the edge of human ability."
Graeme Obree (Cycling Weekly)
History of failed attempts from 1994 - 1997
Jevgeni Berzin, 19.10.97, Bordeaux, FRA: abandoned
After 5k Berzin was already 17" off the pace of Chris Boardman's
record-breaking race, while after 10k he lagged 35".
Having covered 14,850 km (59 laps) for an average speed of
just below 52km/h, Berzin decided to call it a quit after just 17min
Koen de Koker, May 96, Manchester, GBR: 47.076 km
A quite controversial attempt. In May 1996 he attacked the world record in
Manchester, after 10 months of inactivity, without any physical, medical or
material preparation. He pushed a 70x12 gear (!) and rode 47.076 km in one
hour. Probably he could have done much better, since he had proven to have
a high power output in laboratory tests (550 Watt with 74 kg body weight).
Miguel Indurain,15.10.95, Bogota, COL: abandoned
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He started very fast, (at 5 km he was 1 sec faster than Tony Rominger), but
then quickly lost time.
Look how his speed dropped below 53 km/h at the end of his attempt. There was
no chance to reach Tony Rominger's mark, I guess he would have finished around
53 km. For this attempt look also
It was to read that he started another attempt in Bordeaux after he returned
from Bogota. This attempt was also abandoned, but I have no further
information about split-times etc..
Nico Emonds, 6.12.95, Bordeaux, FRA: 52.466 km
After making 51.801 km on 13.11.95, he returned to Bordeaux to attack the 53 km
mark. He could not quite reach it, but with 52.466 km Emonds is the 5th fastest
rider of all times (at this time 1995).
Francesco Moser, 15.1.1994, Mexico City, MEX: 51.840 km
10 years after his record Francesco Moser wanted to return to Mexico to
celebrate with some friends. But after the adaption of Graeme Obree's
position (Moser added a chest-pad for more comfort) he found that he was
maybe fast enough to break Chris Boardman's record.
On his first attempt he finished with surprising 51.840 km. His second attempt
was abandoned due to cool temperatures and gusty winds.
He made some more tests in Bordeaux and then again in Mexico City, but all
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