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UCI Hands World Hour Record Back to Merckx

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Lausanne, Switzerland (11 September 2000) — Belgium bike legend Eddie Merckx is once again the holder of the world hour record. This is because last Friday the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee approved a proposal from the Equipment Commission following an in-depth study on the hour record. The aim of the study is to […]

Lausanne, Switzerland (11 September 2000) — Belgium bike legend Eddie Merckx is once again the holder of the world hour record. This is because last Friday the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee approved a proposal from the Equipment Commission following an in-depth study on the hour record. The aim of the study is to breath new life into the discipline. Since the adaptation makes Merckx’s record virtually impossible to break, the Management Committee has split the discipline into two categories, the ‘UCI Hour Record’ and the ‘Best Hour Performance’. As such, the record set by the Brit Chris Boardman on 6 September 1996 remains a record in its own right, but under the UCI category ‘Best Hour Performance’. Atop a hypermodern bike Boardman set the mark at 56,375 kilometer/hour in Manchester in. The ‘UCI Hour Record’ set by Merckx dates back to 25 October 1972 where he rode 49,431 kilometers/hour in Mexico City. Cyclists looking to break Merckx’s record will have to do it on a bike equipped with comparable materials as the one Merckx rode in Mexico City. Naturally, the UCI must approve the bike first. “This distinction will allow the respect of a long tradition of a classic cycling specialty, without endangering the vital modern aspect of our sport,” says the UCI. (JW)

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