Rohan Dennis sets new Hour Record of 52.491km

Australian smashes record with outstanding ride in one of cycling's toughest tests

Rohan Dennis breaks the Hour Record in Grenchen, Switzerland Photo: BMC Racing

Rohan Dennis (BMC) has broken Matthias Brändle’s 14-week-old world Hour Record. Riding at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland, the 24-year-old Australian covered a provisional distance of 52.491km, to add 639m to the previous mark.

It’s the third successful Hour ride since the UCI re-drew the rules for the record in the spring of 2014. Brändle’s predecessor, Jens Voigt, also used the Grenchen track to set his 51.115km last September. And Dennis's successful run came a week after his countryman, Jack Bobridge, failed to break the record in Melbourne, where he covered 51.3km.

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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