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who holds the hour record(10 posts)

who holds the hour recordishmael
Apr 4, 2002 7:53 AM
my uscf rule book has two different times...the world record is written to be 49.441km by Chris Boardman in 10/29/00 but the US record is 51.505km by Norm Alvis in 9/26/97...are the rules different depending on where you are..
Chris BoardmanMJ
Apr 4, 2002 8:06 AM
there are two types of hour records - one is with circa 1974 restrictions - the other is no restricted

Chirs Boardman now holds both records
American Record,TJeanloz
Apr 4, 2002 8:16 AM
There is also the American record, held by Norm Alvis (or does Colby Pearce hold it?), which is the longest distance in 1hr by an American citizen.

Boardman hold both the World and U.K. hour records.
what are the restrictionsishmael
Apr 4, 2002 8:43 AM
i wouldve thought it was all legal barring drugs, atleast i think it should be..
the restrictionsMJ
Apr 4, 2002 8:50 AM
good question - dunno though I read an article on it after Boardman's record - it mostly has to do with bicycle technology - the circa 1974 restrictions maintain that the bike is equipped with the gear/kit/technology that Mercx set the record with in circa 1974 - the reason being so that comparisons of cyclists are comparisons of cyclists rather than comparisons of machines

it makes sense to have the standard - that way we really can know who the greatest of all time was...
the restrictionsnovagator
Apr 4, 2002 10:17 AM
That would seem to make sense, but I 'd suggest that whoever set the record pre-Merckx probably didn't have the technology that Eddie had when he set the record.

Of course, I could be wrong :-)
the restrictionsishmael
Apr 4, 2002 10:18 AM
so are there no technology limits for the american category
for an interesting experimentRideLots
Apr 4, 2002 8:19 AM
For perspective, go out and try to see how long you can maintain the record 1 hour pace (about 32 mph). I last about 30 seconds. That gives you a real feeling for how fast those guys are.
only 30 sec? I can do morecyclopathic
Apr 4, 2002 10:37 AM
just give me longer downhill 8-P


PS btw analyticcycling comes up with 480wt which I think is understatement.
Apr 4, 2002 11:19 AM
That sounds about right; however, aerodynamics at that speed can make a huge difference. Lance can sustain 480 watts for an hour. I can sustain about half that.