The individual pursuit was the blue ribbon event of track cycling prior to the UCI dropping it from the Olympic program for the 2012 Olympics. In the 1990's Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman took the event to another level, and after a recent hiatus, riders are once again going faster and faster. Here's a list of the fastest times in the history of the men's event.

The individual pursuit may have been pulled from the Olympic Games but the competition over four kilometres is still contested at the UCI Track World Championships, National Championships, selected World Cup rounds and other competitions.

Jack Bobridge (Australia) tops Cycling Weekly‘s table of the fastest-ever individual pursuit times after beating Chris Boardman’s record set using the Superman position that is now banned under the Union Cycliste International (UCI) Technical Regulations for the Bicycle.

The list has been shaken up in the past few years, with a host of new quick times posted by a variety of riders. Charlie Tanfield, Jordan Kerby, Domenic Weinstein, Stefan Küng, Ivo Oliveira, Edison Bravo and Filippo Ganna have all clocked times that settle them into the list.

Australian Rohan Dennis and Brits Geraint Thomas and double Olympic pursuit champion Bradley Wiggins also feature on the list, although Thomas and Wiggins’s times are slipping further from the top.



Fastest 4000-metre individual pursuit times

4-10.534 World record
Jack Bobridge (Australia)
Sydney, Australian National Track Championships 2011

4-11.114*
Chris Boardman (Great Britain)
Manchester, World Championships final 1996

4-11.455
Charlie Tanfield (England)
Brisbane, Commonwealth Games 2018

4-12.172
Jordan Kerby (Australia)
Hong Kong, China, World Championships, April 2017

4-12.253
Charlie Tanfield (Great Britain)
Minsk, Belarus, World Cup, January 2018

4-12.365
Ivo Oliveira (Portugal)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, World Championships 2018

4-13.007
Edison Bravo (Chile)
Aguascalientes, Mexico, Pan-Am Championships, October 2016

4-13.068
John Archibald (Scotland)
Brisbane, Commonwealth Games 2018

4-13.353*
Chris Boardman (Great Britain)
Manchester, World Championships 1996

4-13.399
Rohan Dennis (Australia)
Sydney, Australian National Track Championships 2011

4-13.448
Charlie Tanfield (Great Britain)
Portugal, Trofeu Internacional de Anadia, December 2017

4-13.453
Domenic Weinstein (Germany)
German National Championships 2017

4-13.607
Filippo Ganna (Italy)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, World Championships 2018

4-13.662
Filippo Ganna (Italy)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, World Championships 2018

4-13.786
Alexander Evtushenko (Russia)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, World Championships 2018

4-14.025
Charlie Tanfield (Great Britain)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, World Championships 2018

4-14.427
Jack Bobridge (Australia)
Adelaide, Australian National Track Championships qualifying 2010

4-14.570
Ivo Oliveira (Portugal)
Berlin, Germany, European Track Championships, October 2017

4-14.647
Filippo Ganna (Italy)
Hong Kong, China, World Championships, April 2017

4-14.742
Alexander Evtushenko (Russia)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands, World Championships 2018

4-14.845
Jack Bobridge (Australia) Commonwealth Games record
Delhi, Commonwealth Games qualifying, October 2010

4-14.914
Filippo Ganna (Italy)
Berlin, Germany, European Track Championships, October 2017

4-14.992
Stefan Küng (Switzerland)
Grenchen, Switzerland, European Track Championships, October 2015

4-14.994
Charlie Tanfield (Great Britain)
Glasgow, Glasgow Sprint Grand Prix, October 2017

4-15.002
Charlie Tanfield (Great Britain)
Grenchen, Switzerland, Track Cycling Challenge, December 2017

4-15.015
Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)
Manchester, World Cup, October 2009

4-15.031
Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)
Beijing, Olympic Games qualifying, August 2008

* Set using the Superman position, which has been banned