Rohan Dennis announces Hour Record attempt

London 2012 silver medalist Rohan Dennis will try to break the Hour Record in Switzerland on February 8

(Image credit: Andy Jones 2014)

Rohan Dennis is the second Australian track star in as many days to announce he will try to break the Hour Record early next year.

Dennis, who took a silver medal in the Team Pursuit at London 2012, will take to the Velodrome Suisse track on February 8 in his quest for success.

Yesterday, Dennis’ track teammate Jack Bobridge revealed his desire to crack the record as well, but did not confirm a date.

Whichever of the riders takes their turn first, they will have to beat Matthias Brandle’s mark of 51.852km, set back on October 30.

“When I look at my experience on the track and the numbers I have been doing on the track and on the road, it is within reach,” Dennis said.

“As long as I don't get too excited at the start and control my nerves, the pacing will take care of itself.”

It was, in fact, Jens Voigt’s record set back in September which prompted the young Australian to start planning his attempt.

BMC team manager Allan Peiper said: “We have been working on it, taking all the circumstances into consideration.

“This is something Rohan really wants to do. Part of our development for him is to support him in the things he wants to achieve. So that is the main reason we are doing it.”

Hour Record attempts will come thick and fast in early 2015, with Dame Sarah Storey going for the women’s record at the Revolution series on February 28.

Movistar rider Alex Dowsett is also rumoured to be making an attempt at the same track meet.

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