Hour Record is fitting end to Jens Voigt's career

Michael Hutchinson witnessed Jens Voigt set a new Hour Record in Switzerland

(Image credit: Ulf Schiller)

So in the end, after a career that’s been marked by sheer heroism more often than by conventional glory, Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing) got the retirement party that he had come for. The record books will record that on 18th September 2014, Jens Voigt (GER) recorded 51.115km in Grenchen, Switzerland to set a new record.

Historians who want to add a little detail might note that he was ahead of his schedule the whole way, and beat the 2005 record of Ondrej Sosenka (set on a conventional drop-barred bike under the old ‘Athlete’s’ rules) by 1.315km.

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Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. As a rider he won multiple national titles in both Britain and Ireland and competed at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was a three-time Brompton folding-bike World Champion, and once hit 73 mph riding down a hill in Wales. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine