Tony Martin Eyes Hour Record
Another big-name cyclist plans attempt
Three-time world champion time trial cyclist Tony Martin is considering a run at the hour record. According to VeloNews, Martin told the German magazine Radsport that an attempt would require a block of dedicated training, but he expected to find time in 2015.
The hour record has received a renewed surge of interest since the UCI changed the rules banning most forms of aerodynamic equipment. German cyclist Jens Voigt was the first to set the record under the new rules in September, riding 31.8 miles in an hour. Just a month later, Austrian upstart Matthias Brändle surpassed that distance by about 2,000 feet, riding 32.2 miles.
Since neither Voight nor Brändle are particularly accomplished time trialists, a specialist like Martin will likely beat their times in the next year. But the German will have competition: Dutch veteran Thomas Dekker and current time trial world champion Bradley Wiggins have confirmed attempts in 2015, and four-time time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara has previously expressed interest in the record.