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Check out Victor Campenaerts's Hour Record bike

Joe Robinson
27 Mar 2019

Big chainrings and moulded carbon bars, will this set the new Hour Record next month?

Time-trial European Champion Victor Campenaerts is one of the best riders against the clock in the world, his recent TT victory at Tirreno-Adriatico against the likes of Tom Dumoulin and Rohan Dennis proved it.

But Campenaerts wants more than that and on either the 16th or 17th April, the Belgian will take to the wooden boards of the Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico, nearly 2km above sea level, to attempt the men's Hour Record.

The Lotto-Soudal rider will be hoping that hard work, dedication and less air density will help him surpass the 54.526km record set by Bradley Wiggins back in the summer of 2015.

Campenaerts will also be hoping that his beautiful Ridley Arena track bike will give him all the advantages he will need come race day.

To give him an advantage, Ridley has produced this Arena track bike to mirror the exact geometry of Campenaerts's Ridley Dean time-trial bike which he has used to great effect for the past few seasons.

The downtube has been treated with a textured F-Surface Plus which, similar to a golf ball, uses dimples to decrease wind drag thanks to more stable wind flow around the bike.

Where things get very technical are with Campenaerts's cockpit. That's because Ridley has produced a set of bars that have been moulded as an exact copy of his arms.

Taking a mould from the elbow to the wrist, Campenaerts will rest upon a set of ultra-light carbon TT bars that will settle into every little detail of each arm.

These will be propped upon a narrow base bar which will only be 33cm wide. Despite being so narrow and potentially unstable, Campenaerts believes they will only be needed for the first 15 seconds of the hour.

The next notable change will be the gearing Campenaerts opts to ride.  To set his record in 2015, Wiggins road a 58t front ring and 14t rear. Campenaerts is set to ride bigger.

Although he will bring six chainrings (58 to 63) and six sprockets (13 to 18), Campenaerts has been riding either a 63x15 or 59x14, both of which are bigger than the gear Wiggins rode four years ago.

Both of those gears are similar and to set a new record Campenaerts will need to average 105rpm for the entire hour.

To go faster, the bike will be fitted with Vittoria Pista tubular tyres pumped to over 145psi, glued to a pair of Campagnolo disc track wheels.

Painted in the red of his Lotto-Soudal trade team, the final detail of the bike is what it's been nicknamed.

After a vote hosted on the Sporza website earlier this year, the public decided on the 'Flying Moustache', in tribute to Campanearts trademark hairy upper lip.