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Victor Campenaerts beats Bradley Wiggins's Hour Record by 563 metres

Jack Elton-Walters
16 Apr 2019

Belgian succeeds at setting a new Hour Record at altitude in Mexico

Victor Campenaerts has set a new Hour Record of 55.089 km, beating Sir Bradley Wiggins's 2015 distance by 563 metres. The Lotto-Soudal rider set the new Hour Record at altitude in the Aguascalientes Velodrome, Mexico, which sits almost 2km above sea level.

This is in contrast to the sea level distance set by Wiggins in London four years ago, but with such a margin of victory it'll be difficult for anyone to claim the thinner air was the only reason for Campenaerts's success.

'Without a doubt the biggest performance ever on a Ridley,' said Jochim Aerts, CEO of Belgian Cycling Factory after the event.

'I can't describe how proud I am Ridley helped Victor setting this record. What an athlete!'

Watch: Victor Campenaerts's Hour Record

Preview: Victor Campenaerts's Hour Record

Victor Campenaerts's attempt at the Hour Record will be streamed live this afternoon at 17:00BST and can be watched above once the broadcast begins. The coverage is expected to start at 16:30, half an hour ahead of the gun going off.

The Lotto-Soudal rider is making his bid for the Hour Record at altitude in the Aguascalientes Velodrome, Mexico, which sits almost 2km above sea level.

If he's sufficiently acclimatised, the altitude should be an advantage due to lower air resistance, which will vastly increase his chances of success.

The Belgian is looking to beat the record set by Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2015, which stands at 54.526km. This was done at sea level in London's Lee Valley Velodrome and in unfavourable air pressure conditions. Wiggins was expected to go further and likely could have done with a repeat bid the following week.

Campenaerts had scheduled today, Tuesday 16th April, or tomorrow for the attempt. His custom-made Ridley track bike had already been revealed.

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