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Vittoria Bussi sets new benchmark for UCI Women's Hour Record

Italian, Vittoria Bussi, becomes the first women ever to surpass 48km as she sets a new record for the Women's Hour.

Stu Bowers
14 Sep 2018

Vittoria Bussi broke the UCI Hour Record for women in, with a distance of 48.007km In Aguicientes, Mexico, on Thursday becoming the first women to pass the 48km marker but clinching the coveted title by just 27 metres.

It was a case of third time lucky for Bussi, though. The Italian doctor of pure mathematics and member of the Servetto Footon UCI team had already come tantalisingly close to beating Evelyn Stevens’ record of 47.980km set in February 2016, back in October 2017, however, sickness in the lead up to the attempt saw her fall just 405m short.

Then, in a turn of events reminiscent of how Scotland’s Graham Obree broke the men’s record in July 1993, Bussi initially made an attempt on Wednesday, but severe pain in her side caused her to have to climb off after 44 minutes.

But she was back at the velodrome the very next day, and just as was the case for Obree, the rest is history, as Bussi became the new record holder and the first women ever to break the 48km barrier.

Just as Alex Dowsett had done for his successful bid on the men's record in 2015, Bussi wore the Endura D2Z Encapsulator skinsuit designed in conjunction with Simon Smart at Drag2Zero, as well as the D2Z Aeroswitch helmet.

Speaking afterwards she commented on how important wind tunnel testing had been to really help gain the advantage she needed to overhaul the record, as well of course as some specific training for the attempt, which many previous record holders have cited as being just as much about the mental battle as sheer physical conditioning.

Given the relatively small margin by which the record was broken, it might well spark a new spell of interest from other contenders, as is often the case when the men’s record falls, but it remains to be seen how tough it will be to overcome Bussi’s historic benchmark.

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