Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins will become the seventh men’s pro rider in less than nine months to try to break the record for distance cycled in an hour.
The 34-year-old will attempt to break the mark at Lee Valley VeloPark in east London on June 7, the Union Cycliste Internationale, or UCI, cycling’s ruling body said on its website. Australia’s Rohan Dennis holds the record, covering
52.49 kilometers (32.62 miles) in an hour on Feb. 8.
The record, considered one of cycling’s toughest tests, was first set when American Frank Dodds rode 16.47 miles in 1876. Several riders have made attempts since May last year when the UCI changed its rules to allow equipment used in modern track pursuit bikes.
“The hour record is a holy grail for cyclists,” Wiggins said on the UCI website. “It’s been fought over tooth and nail by the greatest names in our sport for over a hundred years and it’s time for me to have a crack at it.”
Wiggins is leaving road-racing to compete in track cycling at next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Alex Dowsett, another British rider, is the next pro rider scheduled to go for the record in Manchester on May 2.