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Britain’s Bigham sets men’s Hour record

Commonwealth Games – Cycling – Men’s Individual Time Trial – Final – West Park, Wolverhampton, Britain – August 4, 2022 England’s Dan Bigham doing his thing REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff

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Aug 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s Dan Bigham smashed the Hour record when he completed a distance of 55.548 kilometres round the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland on Friday.

Bigham, an aerodynamics specialist and race engineer for British cycling team Ineos Grenadiers, paced himself to perfection on his prototype Pinarello track bike, going almost half of a kilometre beyond Belgium’s Victor Campenaerts in 2019 — an enormous margin.

Campenaerts managed 55.089.

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Five riders had tried and didn’t beat the record since that time, lately Alex Dowsett in November 2021.

Bigham collapsed to the track after his record-breaking ride before being congratulated by his family who have been watching in the empty velodrome.

“I was attempting to ride 16-second laps for the next half and that is a little daunting as I’ve not done 16.0s for around 30 minutes before,” Bigham said after recovering his breath.

“It is a bit mind-blowing. The support I’ve had around me (from Ineos) was first rate and that managed to get a lot easier. All you would expect from the team.

“I knew I was on pace nevertheless, you still need to complete the length. I knew easily could easily get to 20 minutes to go and push on a bit.”

Former national champion Bigham, a team pursuit silver medallist for England at the Commonwealth Games, has forged a reputation among the best available in cycling aerodynamics having graduated in Motorsport Engineering from Oxford Brooks University.

He rode and worked for British Cycling before being recruited by the Danish cycling federation and helping their track team pursuiters smash world records.

Bigham, 30, owns cycling performance business Wattshop and joined the technical staff of Ineos Grenadiers in January.

His fiance Joss Lowden broke the women’s Hour record this past year, although that’s now owned by Ellen van Dijk.

Bigham said he previously “played it safe” in the ultimate minutes in order to avoid any mishaps.

“I simply focussed online, breathing and head position,” he said. “It had been really enjoyable when i knew I had a back-up.

“I needed to obtain 55.5km so to place another 48 metres on that I’m pretty happy with that.”

Bigham’s new record might soon come under attack, however, with Ineos’s world time trial champion Filippo Ganna confirming he’ll mount an assault on the Hour.

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Reporting by Martyn HermanEditing by Christian Radnedge

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