Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins broke the record for distance cycled in an hour.
The 35-year-old covered 54.526 kilometers Sunday at Lee Valley VeloPark in east London. Fellow Briton Alex Dowsett held the record since May 2, when he reached 52.937 kilometers in Manchester.
The record, considered one of cycling’s toughest tests, was first set when American Frank Dodds rode 16.47 miles (26.5 kilometers) in 1876. At least seven pro riders have made attempts since May last year when cycling’s ruling body the Union Cycliste Internationale, or UCI, changed its rules to allow equipment used in modern track pursuit bikes.
In a gold aerodynamic helmet, matching shoes and a blue skin suit with red arms, Wiggins was shorn of his beard and sideburns for the attempt.
Wiggins is leaving road-racing to compete in track cycling at next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He won gold in the 2012 individual time trial in London, adding to his six Olympic medals on the track from 2000 to 2008.