13 cycling world records (fastest, longest and maddest)


GB women's team pursuit, Track Worlds 2015 (copyright Britishcycling.org.uk)

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Ever since the bicycle was invented, cyclists have been obsessed with breaking records. From the Hour Record to cycling around the world, going faster and further than any other cyclist has driven many to physical and mental limits. It’s produced some extraordinary achievements, as this list of our 13 favourite records shows.

Ever since the bicycle was invented, cyclists have been obsessed with breaking records. From the Hour Record to cycling around the world, going faster and further than any other cyclist has driven many to physical and mental limits. It’s produced some extraordinary achievements, as this list of our 13 favourite records shows.

1. The Hour Record

Sir Bradley Wiggins UCI Hour Record 04 picture credit Harry Dowdney from Rapha

Often put forward as the ultimate and most prestigious cycling challenge, it’s simply a record for the farthest distance cycled on a velodrome in one hour. The first record was set in 1876 with a distance of 26.508km (16.471 miles), and in on 7th June 2015 Sir Bradley Wiggins set the new record at 54.526km (33.88 miles), following renewed interest in the record after the UCI governing body relaxed its rules on bike and equipment. Neither of the two attempts since Wiggins set his record have been successful.

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The women’s Hour Record is held by Evelyn Stevens with a distance of 47.980km (29.81 miles).

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