Sir Bradley Wiggins
Hour Record
54.526km

 

It was only recently that we were talking about Alex Dowsett’s monumental effort in setting a new UCI Hour Challenge world Record. But unfortunately for Alex, his record has just been destroyed. The 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins took to the sold out Olympic Park, Lee Valley Velodrome and made history. Sir Bradley Wiggins set a blistering pace as he pushed his body to the limit. In a post record interview, he described his pain as ‘That's the closest I'll come to knowing what it's like to have a baby”

How does Wiggins’ record run stand up against the rest through time?


1893
Henri Desgrange
35.325km
1898
Willie Hamilton
40.781km
1935
Giuseppe Olmo
45.090km
1942
Fausto Coppi
45.798km
1956
Jacques Anquetil
46.159km
1972
Eddy Merckx
49.431km
2000
Chris Boardman
49.441km
2005
Ondrej Sosenka
49.700km
2014
Jens Voigt
51.115km
2014
Matthias Brandle
51.850km
2015
Alex Dowsett
52.937km


Bradley Wiggins walks to his bike with the sellout crowd cheering him on


And hes off!


Sir Wiggins soon gets into his stride in front of the packed crowd


Plenty of vocal support from the crowd, but Wiggins elected not to have background music


Throughout his effort, Wiggins barely moved his position


Coach Heiko Salzwedel gave Wiggins details of how much he was ahead of schedule


By the mid-way point Wiggins was comfortably up on Dowsett’s mark


The crowd got into the spirit of the event


Wiggins only showed signs of the effort near the very end of his hour


The end of Wiggins’s Hour


Although he knew he’d broken the record, he didn’t know exactly by how much straight away


After a couple of warm-down laps, Wiggins climbed off the bike


Waiting for confirmation of the official figure


His distance is confirmed, and now it’s time for Wiggins to celebrate


Sir Bradley Wiggins is congratulated by Miguel Indurain