Snapped cranks, motorbikes and decade-old handlebars - breaking sprinting's oldest world record

Jeffrey Hoogland is going after the longest-standing record in track cycling

Jeffrey Hoogland at the World Championships
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Today, Dutch track sprinter Jeffrey Hoogland will try to break the world record in the one-kilometre time trial, the event familiarly known as the kilo. 

It is the longest-standing record in track cycling, with the current best time, 56.303 seconds, held by France's François Pervis since 2013. Over the past ten years, no-one else has come close. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.