Austrian Braendle to Try to Break Voigt’s Cycling Hour RecordChristopher Elser
Austrian cyclist Matthias Braendle will attempt to break the one-hour distance record set earlier this year by Jens Voigt.
The 24-year-old will try to surpass the 51.110 kilometers (31.77 miles) ridden by Germany’s Voigt in 60 minutes at the Grenchen velodrome in Switzerland, according to a statement by the cycling’s governing body. Braendle will ride Oct. 30 at the Union Cycliste International velodrome in Aigle, Switzerland.
The UCI changed the rules that governed the record, allowing cyclists to use any bike that can be used in endurance track events. Braendle is the current Austrian time-trial champion, and also held that title in 2004, 2009, 2013. He’s a member of the IAM Cycling team.
“This proves that the hour record has again become a dream for athletes, including those of the new generation, as well as for cycling fans” UCI President Brian Cookson said in the statement. “I am convinced that in the future many other riders will attempt to add their names to the prestigious list of legendary hour record holders.”
The mark was first set in 1893 by Henri Desgrange, the founder of the Tour de France, who rode 35.325 kilometers.