He’s won gold medals at the Olympics and world championships, won the prestigious Tour de France and been kinghted for his accomplishments. Now Sir Bradley Wiggins can add the UCI Hour Record to his long list of achievements after he cycled 54.526km (33.88 miles) in front of a packed Lee Valley VeloPark in London.
He added almost a mile to the previous mark of 32.89 miles that had been set earlier this year by another Briton, Alex Dowsett. It’s the fifth time in the last nine months that the record has been broken but it wasn’t easy. “I’m just glad it’s done…It was torturous.” The 35 year old had set himself the target of completing 221 laps of the Velopark or 55.250kms during the hour. While he ‘only’ managed 218, it was still six more than Dowsett’s 212. “You’re constantly looking at the clock counting down” he said. “When you’re out there, you never think it’s coming to an end.” Wiggins joins a select list of five other cycling greats to have completed the double of winning the Tour de France and breaking the hour mark, including Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain. “I always compare myself to the greats and I am just glad to be in the company of those guys,” said Wiggins. “To get up there and do that, to put yourself on the line, takes a lot of courage and it’s a mental game as much as anything.” Go Wiggo!