Sir Bradley Wiggins is reportedly planning to attempt to break the hour record in the Palma Arena in July or August
Sir Bradley Wiggins has indicated that he plans to attempt the hour record in Majorca in July or August of 2015, according to the owner of his favourite restaurant on the island.
Tomeu Llompart, owner of Tolo’s in Port de Pollenca, recently hosted an event to celebrate Wiggins’ victory in the World Championships time trial.
As reported by Diario de Mallorca, Llompart claims that Wiggins and Joan Llaneras, director of the Palma Arena, agreed in principle to host the attempt in July or August 2015.
The Brit has fond memories of the Palma track, having won the world individual pursuit title there in 2007, while the island is the regular training base and a second home for the 34-year-old.
“Wiggins wants to break the record in the Palma Arena velodrome and fill it with members of the public,” Llompart told the newspaper.
“He is convinced that this will encourage thousands of English fans to travel and holiday on the island at the time of the attempt.
“He considers Mallorca as home and therefore wants to attempt the record on the island.”
Whether Matthias Brändle’s new record of 51.85km will still be the distance to beat when Wiggins makes his attempt remains to be seen.
But with his desire to go for the win at Paris-Roubaix in the spring, any record attempt looks likely to be in the summer, when the heat will replicate the effects of altitude by reducing drag.
“Bradley first wants to prepare for and compete in the Paris-Roubaix, which he has dreamed of winning since childhood,” Llompart continued.
“Then he will focus on preparing the hour record on the track. He said he is contemplating the Palma Arena as the location because the velodrome is a facility that he likes.”