Former Team Sky rider Sir Bradley Wiggins reveals he is targetting 221 laps of the 250m Lee Valley VeloPark track on Sunday, June 7

Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed he is targeting a ride of 55.250km when he attempts to break the UCI Hour Record on June 7, equating to 221 laps of the velodrome.

The former Team Sky man insists he is not underestimating Alex Dowsett’s mark of 52.937km, set in Manchester on May 2, but did claim to Sky Sports News that if weather conditions are right he could go a lot further.

Indeed, Wiggins was even bullish on beating Chris Boardman’s all-time distance record of 56.375km because the forecast low pressure could add a kilometre to his distance.

“If the conditions are right on the day,” he said. “They would have to be really right. A lot of the hour record is dictated by temperature and air pressure. Air pressure is everything.

“I’m not a weather man, but if you have really low pressure, under 1,000 [grams per cubic metre], you will travel a lot further on the day – anything up to 1km for the same power.

“The weather forecast for the first week in June is abnormally low pressure for London for that time of year, which is fantastic. That has dictated everything. You could go a kilometre either way depending on air pressure.

“If the conditions are right, it’s possible. The goal is to break the record first and foremost. I wouldn’t underestimate the record that Alex has done.”

Wiggins attempts to break the record this Sunday between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and you can find out where to watch it on our guide here.

  • David Chadderton

    Ah, that’s why I am always so slow, riding when the atmospheric pressure is too high. Thanks for the advice.

  • I AM UGLY

    “If the conditions are right, it’s possible. The goal is to break the record first and foremost. I wouldn’t underestimate the record that Alex has done.”

    Actually you did just that on May 7th when you said: “It sounds a bit horrible to say but I could break the record tomorrow. But I don’t just want to break it, I want to put it right up there, as far out of reach as I can,” Wiggins told The Times.

    So which is it Bradley?? Oh, that’s right you already failed to break Alex Dowsett’s British 10-mile record on May 17th. Eating crow leaves a bitter taste I bet.