Double Friends Life Tour of Britain stage winner will attempt to take the record from Jens Voigt.

It has been announced that Matthias Brändle, of Swiss UCI Continental Team IAM Cycling, will attempt to break the Hour Record on Thursday 30th October. 

As one of the most iconic records in the world of cycling, the attempt will take place on the velodrome of the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. Brändle, 24, is the current Austrian Champion in the time trial, a title he has held previously in various catergories in 2013, 2009 and 2004. Not to mention, his two Friends Life Tour of Britain stage wins in both Exeter and Hemel Hempstead, earlier this year. 

The record was first set by Tour de France founder, Henri Desgrange in 1893, with a distance of 35.325km. This was then broken by Jens Voigt on September 18th 2014 in Switzerland, covering 51.110km in the 60 minutes. This came after the UCI took steps to modernize and simplify the rules surrounding the hour record, in May of this year. The record can now be tackled using any bike which conforms to the rules defining the characteristics of the bikes used in endurance track events.

UCI President Brian Cookson welcomes Brändles attempt: “I am delighted that a young rider is interested in attacking the Hour Record just weeks after Jens Voigt’s stunning performance. This proves that the Hour Record has again become a dream for athletes, including those of the new generation, as well as for cycling fans. I am convinced that in the future many other riders will attempt to add their names to the prestigious list of legendary Hour Record holders.

“Following Jens Voigt, Matthias Brändle is the second rider to attempt to beat the record time following the amendment of the regulations several months ago. This is exactly what we hoped would happen when we decided to authorize the use of track bikes with modern designs and technology.”

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!”

The attempt, by Brändle takes place on Thursday 30th October at the UCI World Cycling Centre, in what will be a most tense and tough 60 minutes.