New Hour Record

While attention in the cycling world was focused on the Tour and the terrible accident involving the Australian women’s cycling teamOndrej Sosenka’s new hour record went virtually unnoticed. If it happened two weeks from now, after the Tour hysteria, it would be a big deal. After all, the hour record is the most prestigious in cycling. And for a relatively unknown cyclist to claim it — well, that would be news. The Czech TT champion covered 49.700 kilometers in one hour, compared to Chris Boardman’s previous record of 49.441 kilometers. Think about riding at almost 31 mph for an hour, without letup, and you can see how difficult it is. According to accounts of the ride, he rode his first kilometer at a record pace and never slowed.

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