On september 9th 2000, the UCI decided to create a „UCI Hour Record“ as well as a „Best Hour Performance“. Look here for the news document. From that day, the UCI Hour Record is the one that Eddy Merckx achieved in Mexico on 25th October 1972, covering a distance of 49.43195 km. This UCI Hour Record can only be attempted if the equipment is presented and checked beforehand by the UCI and it must be similar to that used by Merckx.
So far there are two successful attempts:
Chris Boardman, Manchester, 27.10.2000, 49.441 km
Ondrej Sosenka, Moscow, 19.7.2005, 49.700 km
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History of Attempts after October 2000
15th November 2009:
Fabian Cancellara to attempt hour record
In the November issue of „Bicisport“ Magazine“ he says: „I have the hour record on my mind, I am certain that sooner or later I will make it happen.“
13th November 2009:
Obree dumps hour record plans
Obree had to cancel the attempt as the bike he’d built himself was not suitable for the conditions.
21st May 2009:
Graeme Obree bidding for hour record again
In an interview in „Cycling Plus 224“, 43-year-old Obree says he has been training hard, built a bike that conforms with UCI regulations, and set a date of late 2009 to make the attempt.
6th July 2006:
Laszlo Bodrogi cancels his hour record attempt
26th January 2006:
Laszlo Bodrogi announces that he will undertake a hour record attempt in september (one week after the TT World Championchips in Salzburg)
19th July 2005:
Ondrej Sosenka breaks hour record!
7th July 2005:
Sosenka with hour record attempt
Czech rider Ondrej Sosenka (Acqua e Sapone) will undertake a hour record attempt in Moscow on 19th july.
18th April 2005:
Lance Armstrong announces his retirement after the Tour de France 2005. No more words about the hour record…
27th January 2005:
Finally??? It seems that Lance Armstrong wants to undertake a serious attempt to brake the world hour record. It is not clear if he is aiming for the UCI-record or for the „best hour performance“, or maybe even for both? There are several articles about this on the web, check out the search engines or read this one at procycling.com
15th December 2004:
Nuttli hour attempt fails
Swiss track specialist Jean Nuttli tried to crack the track hour record on Wednesday, December 15, but failed. In the Vienna Velodrome, Nuttli only completed 46.642 km. He said that his training results had been OK, but the dry air in the velodrome made it hard to breathe.
8th April 2004:
Obree drops hour-record bid
Scots cyclist Graeme Obree has abandoned his bid to reclaim the world hour record held by England’s Chris Boardman. Obree, who held the record before Boardman set his mark of 49.441km under new rules in 2000, told AFP of his decision after a test ride on Sunday at the Manchester velodrome suggested he was too far away from record-breaking fitness…
2nd Jul 2003:
Hutchinson fails in bid to break Boardman’s record
MANCHESTER, England – Michael Hutchinson failed on Wednesday in his bid to improve the world hour record set by former Olympic track champion Chris Boardman three years ago.
Hutchinson, 29, who represented Northern Ireland at last year’s Commonwealth Games, abandoned his attempt at Manchester Velodrome after gradually slipping back on his schedule.
Boardman was 18 seconds down on Boardman’s mark after the first 10 kilometres and the national road time trial champion slipped more than a minute off Boardman’s pace after 30 kilometres before pulling off the track after 40 minutes having covered 32.5km.
Hutchinson is expected to make another attempt on Boardman’s record later in the year.
15th Nov 2002:
Swiss champion Jean Nuttli abandons his first attempt after 60 laps (15 km/48.449 km/h). It seems that he has problems to keep his nerves under control. A 20 minutes training ride in normal cycling clothes was faster than the actual attempt.
On the next day he completes one hour, but reaches only 47.093 km.
21 Oct 2001:
German cyclist Thomas Liese has failed in his attempt to break the one-hour cycling record. Liese stopped his attempt after 37 minutes because he had fallen behind Boardman’s pace (about 600 m). Liese rides for the team Nuernberger and was returning to professional cycling after a 12-year break.
At the start of the Tour de France Lance Armstrong tells reporters that he wants to break the hour record this year with the help of controversial Italian doctor Michele Ferrari. Lots of discussion, but nothing has happend so far…
Ten days after the end of the Giro D Italia Abram Olano cancels his attempt.
Taken from http://www.wolfgang-menn.de/hourrecuci.htm