A History of Cycling in n+1 Objects: No. 3 – Merckx’s Hour Record Bike, 1972

Cycling History

Eddy Merckx's 1972 Hour Record bicycle, on display at Eddy Merckx metro station in Brussels. CC BY-SA 3.0 Eddy Merckx’s 1972 Hour Record bicycle, on display at Eddy Merckx metro station in Brussels. CC BY-SA 3.0

The Hour is cycling’s blue riband event, the ultimate test of a riders’s physical ability. It is elegant in its simplicity; how far can you go in 60 minutes of searing effort? No race tactics, no team assistance, no let-up, just an individual pushing themselves to their maximum in the ultimate ‘race of truth’. In recent months the Hour has been claimed by three riders. In September 2014 modern cycling legend, the indefatigable Jens Voigt, set a new record of 51.110 kilometres, closely followed by Matthias Brändle with 51.852 kilometres in October, and Rohan Dennis with 52.941 kilometres in February 2015. All three have benefited from recent changes by professional cycling’s governing body the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to the rules governing the event that now allow the use of modern track…

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