Joss Lowden's Hour Record LIVE: Updates as British rider takes on prestigious track record

Follow live updates from Lowden's record attempt in Grenchen, Switzerland


Afternoon folks! 

The record Lowden is aiming for is 48.007km, which she set at altitude on the Aguascalientes velodrome in Mexico back in 2016. 

For the kit nerds out there, we also have the full list of equipment Lowden will be using, including the now famous POC Tempor helmet. 

Lowden's partner and aero expert Dan Bigham has just walked out onto track with Lowden's bike. 

Our writer Jonny Long spoke to Lowden during the World Championships earlier this month, where Lowden spoke about the record. 

Lowden is out in the track centre and is just putting together the last touches of her preparation. 

The first lap of an Hour Record is a really tough balance, as you need to lay down the power to get up to speed as quick as possible, but without exerting yourself too much so you suffer later in the ride. 

She's in the start gate now, looking tense but ready to go. 

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and we're away.

Lowden is up to speed and in position, 32.3km/h average for that first lap.

Onto the fourth lap and Lowden is ever so slightly up on the target, .3 of a second.

14 laps down now for Lowden, 3.5km covered in 4-49.

Lowden is averaging 47.193km/h so far after 25 laps, she's .7 of a second up on the current world record pace, so she's ramping up the speed now.  

She just clipped the curb there slightly on the inside of the track, a sketchy moment but she seems to have recovered and is still on good pace.

Here's a video of Lowden's start: 

11km into the ride, 14 minutes have gone! That's 45 laps of this track in Switzerland. 

Wow so far this has been an outstanding ride. 

That's 24 minutes covered, Lowden has done 19km so far with an average speed of 48.092km/h.

Lowden has just hit the half way mark! 30 minutes covered and she's done 24km so far, average speed is 48.1km/h. 

We've just passed the 100 lap mark, amazing stuff from Lowden. 

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Lowden is still tearing this track up.

Down to the final 12 minutes now and Lowden is at 39km. She's still comfortably within the world record pace, now 25 seconds up on the pace she needs to beat the record. 

Inside the final 10 minutes! This is where it really hurts. Nine minutes this deep into the ride is going to feel like forever, but Lowden looks like she's about to break the world record. 

Just five minutes left! 44km covered, she has just 4km to cover. 

45km covered! four minutes to cover 3km now. 

She's done 184 of the 192 laps she needs to take the Hour Record. 

Just 1,008m left to break the record! Final 90 seconds! 

Two more laps is all she needs to cover in the next minute. 

One lap left! less than a minute left to ride.  

SHE'S DONE IT! Joss Lowden has broken the Hour Record 

Final 20 seconds and she smashed through the record 

48.4km! She has beaten the record by about 400 metres. Absolutely phenomenal ride.  

Joss Lowden is the new women's Hour Record holder, having just gone two laps further than Vittoria Bussi's previous record. 

Here's what Lowden had to say after breaking the women's Hour Record:

Lowden set a new record of 48.406km in 60 minutes, breaking the previous record by almost 400m. 

Check out the full story about Lowden's ride here: 

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