Pro Cycling

Rohan Dennis takes on Hour Record after Bobridge fails

Australian Rohan Dennis will take on the hour record set by Matthias Brändle in October tomorrow as he tries to do what fellow countryman Jack Bobridge failed to do last Saturday.

Brändle set the record at 51.852km which beat the previous holder Jens Voigt’s record by 0.74km. Voigt was the first man to take on the hour record since the UCI’s rule change in May 2014 and he beat Ondrej Sosenka’s record of 49.7km to begin a flurry of attempt declarations from interested pros.

When Brändle beat Voigt back in October, it almost made the hour record look like an easy target to beat with two successful attempts in a matter of months, but Jack Bobridge proved that the mark set by Brändle is much harder than anticipated.

Voigt and Brändle were not track specialists, so when Bobridge – who is the 4km individual pursuit record holder – announced his attempt it was widely assumed he would be victorious. His attempt failed though as he fell two laps short of Brändle’s record at the DISC velodorome in Melbourne. Bobridge was in great form after the Tour Down Under where he won the King of the Mountains jersey and the first stage, but his failure only underlines the huge task that is beating the hour record.

Rohan Dennis of BMC is the next man in line to add his name to the list of hour record holders as he completes his attempt on February 8th at Velodrome Suisse – the same place the Jens Voigt beat the hour record.

Dennis won a Silver medal in the individual pursuit at London 2012 so he also comes from the same track background as Bobridge, but hopes that he will not suffer the same fate as his compatriot. Dennis said he had to give the hour record a go after ‘shooting his mouth off’ at the World Championships in Ponferrada where he bragged about being able to beat Voigt’s record.

Dennis said that the work he has done on the track and road and the numbers he has been producing put the hour record within his grasp: “as long as I don’t get too excited at the start and control my nerves, the pacing will take care of itself”

Dennis’ attempt will be followed by Brit Alex Dowsett’s hour record attempt at the Revolution series on 27th February so Dennis may not be the record holder for long. Dowsett’s attempt is depending on his recovery from a broken collarbone which he suffered in a training accident whilst riding with Mark Cavendish in Essex in mid January.

Dowsett has won the British National Time Trial Championship three times and in 2014 won a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games Time Trial, so he is well placed to succeed in his attempt at the hour record.


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