Hour Record rule change - Athlete's hour to be scrapped

Records set by Graeme Obree and Chris Boardman in 1980s and 1990s will be reinstated under new rules - New attempts can use standard track pursuit bike - 49.7km set by Ondrej Sosenka will still be the mark to beat for any new attempt - Records recorded according to the rules in force at the time of the attempt

Graeme Obree bike

Cycling Weekly has learned that the UCI is planning significant changes to the world Hour Record. The controversial ‘athlete’s hour’ rules, which specified that attempts had to be made on equipment as similar as possible to that used by Eddy Merckx for his record in 1972, are to be scrapped. Instead, the rules will be unified with those for current track pursuit bikes.

The present record of 49.7km set by the Czech rider Ondrej Sosenka under the old-style ‘athlete’s’ rules will remain the distance that new record aspirants have to beat.

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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