Sir Bradley Wiggins setting a new UCI Hour Record in June is behind door 18 of our Best of British cycling advent calendar
Having already won four Olympic gold medals, an individual time trial World Championship gold and the first-ever Tour de France by a Britain, Sir Bradley Wiggins aimed to put a final gloss on his palmares in 2015, targeting victory at Paris-Roubaix and the new-format UCI Hour Record in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics.
Having already seen Jens Voigt, Matthias Brandle, Rohan Dennis and Alex Dowsett all set records in the new format since 2014, Wiggins prepared to set a new mark in one of the toughest records in cycling and follow in the footsteps of one of his heroes, Miguel Indurain, who rode 53.040km in 1994 to set what is now known as the UCI Best Human Effort record.
In front of a sell-out crowd at Lee Valley Velodrome in June, Wiggins set a new UCI Hour Record of 54.526km, smashing the previous mark of 52.937km set by Alex Dowsett just a month earlier in May.
Wiggo has released a book on his successful attempt in November, but has ruled out trying to beat his own mark in the future. The usual suspects are circling, however, with German time-trial ace Tony Martin declaring that Wiggins’s record is beatable and that he will try after the Rio Olympics in either 2017 or 2018. The man Wiggins took the record off, Alex Dowsett, has hinted he may try again in the future.
Fabian Cancellara has ruled out an attempt altogether, despite previously declaring an interest, while Tom Dumoulin, who former Giant-Alpecin sports director, Addy Engels, said would be suited for an attempt, is targeting Grand Tour victory next season, so Wiggo’s UCI Hour Record will stand for a little while to come.