So, Jens Voigt is attempting the hour record tomorrow in Switzerland. Anyone know how to get Eurosport in the US over the net?
Much hope and good wishes to Jensie...
Cool, thanks Mike. Interesting... it's on the track.
I can't image he'd could be better prepared than after the efforts he put in at altitude in Colorado. I wonder if anyone added up the amount of time he spend alone out front during the Pro Challenge.
Yea it's highly likely that he'll break the record, but that'll be diminished by the rule change by the UCI. There used to be two hour records, one called the "Athlete" that basically meant that you had to ride on the equipment that Eddie Merkxx set the hour record on in the 70's, and another that was unlimited in equipment. The UCI changed the rules in May to allow any track-legal equipment in the athlete record. Which means that Jensie will be riding dual disc wheels, an aero frame, and time trial bars.
Even so, it'll be a great way for him to go out.
He was purportedly working on an attempt but when the UCI changed the rules, he dropped it. But there's rumors that he may try next season depending on his schedule for the classics. Wiggo is considering an attempt as well, and there's some thought that Millar might get in on the action.
I expect that if any of them make an attempt after Jens, they will displace him as the record holder. But still it will be a good result or Jens and a graceful exit.
I'm hoping he can beat Rominger.
Hence my point above. Categories, schmategories, the most comparable bike to Jens' was Rominger's.
And we know a bike like that has been pushed to 55,29 km. http://www.wolfgang-menn.de/rominger.htm
If Jens can equal or beat Rominger's first push to 53,83 then the cycling world can (finally!) look past the whole UCI anti-Obree rulemaking embarrassment.