Rob Holden, who conquered Mount Washington and Mont Ventoux within the cycle hire scheme parameters of New York and London, made his Hour attempt a week before Sir Bradley Wiggins

In October 2013, Rob Holden hired a Boris bike, took it to France, scaled Mont Ventoux and returned it to a South London docking station within 24 hours.

Not content with that, last summer he and his team – logistics man Matt Winstone and Ian Laurie behind the camera – then flew to New York, took a Citibike 400 miles to New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, went up that, brought it back and flew back to London, all in a day and a half.

Their latest stunt, though, might just have been the toughest of all.

On May 29, at the Herne Hill Velodrome, no-one would have been thinking about Sir Bradley Wiggins’s attempt at the Hour Record. This was Rob’s shot at glory on a 23kg Santander Cycle – a machine more than three times heavier than Wiggins’s Pinarello Bolide HR.

>>>Sir Bradley Wiggins smashes Hour Record with 54.526km

Spoiler alert – he didn’t make it. He did, though, set down an immensely creditable mark of 31.29km.

The attempt, like Ventoux, was to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support – the ride up Mount Washington had also been in aid of Livestrong.

The full video of the latest and last in the ‘Boris Boys’ trilogy can be seen here.

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  • Duncan Dunnit

    Why do you call them Boris bikes when the bike bikes were both brought in and signed off by his predecessor ken Livingston. The only thing Boris brought us was that crap expensive ski lift over the Thames that no one uses.

  • Nigel Rue

    Now I bet if you built a full fairing for it and raised the gearing, you could get close to the hour record. What do you think a fully faired recumbent could achieve in the hour? 75-85 km perhaps?