American Woman Sets New Hour Record

Cyclist rode 28.6 miles

Molly Shaffer Van Houweling set a new UCI hour record of 28.6 miles. (Creative Commons HQ / Flickr)
Photo: Creative Commons HQ / Flickr Molly Shaffer Van Houweling

On Saturday night, 41-year-old American cyclist Molly Shaffer Van Houweling broke the women’s Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) hour record at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico, according to the UCI. The California-based cyclist rode 28.6 miles in 60 minutes, a little more than one tenth of a mile farther than the previous record, which was set 12 years ago by Dutch rider Leontien Van Moorsel.

“I just feel really fortunate,” Van Houweling told VeloNews. “You never know if everything is going to come together on race day. You just have to control everything you can control. Everything seemed to come together today.”

Van Houweling has won five UCI Amateur Road World Championships and already held the U.S. women’s hour record with a distance of 28.4 miles, set in February, according to the UCI.

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