Joss Lowden's Hour Record: the aero kit that could help make history

We take a look at the equipment the British rider hopes will help her beat 48.007km this afternoon

Joss Lowden Hour Record
(Image credit: Tom Griffiths/Le Col)

Today at 4pm British time, Joss Lowden will attempt to set a new Hour Record in Grenchen, Switzerland. To do so she’ll need to best the mark of Vittoria Bussi, who rode 48.007km at altitude at Aguascalientes in Mexico in 2018. There’s not been another attempt since.

In truth it’s not been a long held goal of Lowden’s. In April 2020 aero ace Dan Bigham, who is also Lowden’s fiance and who she describes to Cycling Weekly as the “brains” behind the attempt, and the Huub-Wattbike track team, had been scheduled to make an assault on a raft of track records from team pursuit to individual pursuit and the hour. 

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.