RAF engineer Justyn Cannon set a new military hour world record at the Newport Velodrome, Wales, on Monday.

Cannon, 39, set out to beat Paul Dotchin’s 14-year-old record of 46.595km after a 17-year break from regular cycling – and he did it, setting a new mark of 47.222km.

Rhondda-born Cannon completed his ride on a Planet X track bike equipped with aero bars, and told Cycling Weekly last week that he was inspired in his attempt by the hour record battle between Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman.

“They are big inspirations for me and it’s something I’ve always been interested in,” Cannon said.

“I’ve actually got a DVD of Battle of the Bikes sitting on my shelf. I’ve watched it a few times recently and will definitely be watching it again before the ride.”

After his successful attempt, Cannon described the experience in an interview with the BBC as ‘horrible’: “That was horrible, absolutely horrible. It just messes with your mind.

“Lap number one is horrible, as you’re stressed about getting on schedule. Then each lap after that is horrible.”

Last year, Cannon broke the Combined Services 10-mile time trial record with a time of 18-59.

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  • Patrick Crew

    Would really appreciate CW following this up with an article on the training regime he undertook to get to the point where after a 17 year lay-off he could break the record and be some margin, Like a lot of cyclists coming back to the sport in my 40’s after an equally long lay off, it would help/motivate me immensely to see the kind of regime he put himself through to get back this level of fitness. If I could achieve just a percentage of that I would be immensely pleased! Chapeau on breaking the record!