Since the Union Cycliste Internationale changed the event’s rules to allow modern bikes with aerodynamics features, five cyclists have broken the hour record in quick succession. Jens Voigt obtained the first record since 2005 by completing 31.76 miles in September, Matthias Brändle beat him by nearly a mile a month later, and Rohan Dennis outdid Brändle by nearly half a mile in February. Alex Dowsett made the latest successful effort, beating Dennis’ mark by about a quarter of a mile.
Wiggins told VeloNews that he believes he could have gone even farther in better conditions, but he thinks his record will still deter others from attempting the hour. “It’s been a been a bit of a rush up until now for people to have a go at it. It’s the first big marker now.”