Jack Bobridge: It's an underestimated record

Australian Jack Bobridge reflects on his failed attempt to set a new Hour Record

Jack Bobridge suffers after his Hour Record attempt

(Image credit: Watson)

Jack Bobridge grimaced, then laughed, then reached for a makeshift bucket as he recovered in the cool and darkened tunnels of the Joe Ciavola Velodrome after his Hour Record attempt.

The 25-year-old resembled more an old man than champion athlete gingerly sat in a plastic chair behind a specially designed divide, a white towel covering his aching legs.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.