Hour Record – Matthias Brändle set to challenge


Double Tour of Britain stage winner Matthias Brändle will attempt to break the Hour Record on October 30th in Aigle, Switzerland

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Hour Record – Matthias Brändle set to challenge

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Twenty-four year-old Matthias Brändle is the current Austrian Champion in the time trial, a title he has also won previously in various categories in 2013, 2009 and 2004.


Established for the first time (35.325 km) in 1893 by the founder of the Tour de France Henri Desgrange, the Hour Record is one of the most iconic records in the world of cycling. The current holder of the record is the German rider Jens Voigt, who covered 51.110 km in 60 minutes on September 18th 2014 at the Grenchen velodrome in Switzerland.

In May this year, the UCI took steps to modernize and simplify the rules regarding the Hour Record; now the record can be tackled using any bicycle that conforms to the rules defining the characteristics of the bicycles used in endurance track events.

Matthias Brändle said: “I am 100% focused on this project, which is very close to my heart. I have decided to try my luck because I have been impressed by Jens Voigt since I was a young child”.

“His personality and style have made a mark on me. To attack over and over again, in all conditions, and fight to exhaustion knowing that the chance of winning is small has also become my trademark. After he made his successful assault on the Hour, I thought he had fulfilled his dream, and within just a few weeks I surprised myself by starting to have the same dream”.

“Just imagine if I have what it takes to fight against the clock and the metres. In spite of what happened a few days later at the Worlds in Ponferrada (Spain), I stayed calm. It even encouraged me to try my luck. As of today I do not know whether I can beat the mark or not. But as usual, it will be a very personal struggle between me and the clock. And just for that, I am really looking forward to the big day!”

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