Rohan Dennis Breaks One-Hour Cycle Record

Latest in recent line of riders to set best time

Feb 9, 2015
Outside Magazine
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Rohan Dennis rode 52.49 kilometers in an hour; previous record-holder Matthias Brändle covered 51.85 kilometers.    Oliver Burgess

Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis broke the record for farthest distance traveled in one hour on Sunday, covering 32.62 miles at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, according to USA Today.

The 24-year-old cyclist from Adelaide, Australia, is the third athlete to set a new one-hour record in the past six months. As Outside wrote last June, a wave of competitive cyclists has shown interest in the one-hour record following a change in UCI regulations that, until last year, prohibited the use of shaped tubes, drop handlebars, or other nontraditional modifications of track bikes that make for faster, more aerodynamic riding.

In September, German cyclist Jens Voigt set a new one-hour record, also at the at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, with a distance of 31.76 miles, according to Cycling News. Voigt’s attempt was followed in October by Matthias Brändle, who rode a distance of 32.22 miles at the World Cycling Center in Aigle, Switzerland, according to the Guardian.

Dennis said his achievement, perhaps his greatest since winning a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2012 Olympics, left him exhausted and thrilled.

“I didn’t have time to enjoy because it was a lot of pain,” he told USA Today. “I hope now that the record will stay for a while.”

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