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The Hour Record

On september 9th 2000, the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale - International Cycling Union) decided to create a "UCI Hour Record" as well as a "Best Hour Performance". From that day, the UCI Hour Record was 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.
I think this rule is nonsense !!! There should be some reglementations, but also some creativity! I don't know any other sport which stepped back 30 years in history...
The records on this page are true "hour records" from 1893 until 1996 (so far...) !!! For the "new" UCI records look at my UCI hour record page.
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Chronic of the hour record

Kilometers Rider Nationality Location Date Gearing Bike Weight (g) Crank Arm Cadence (rpm)
35.325 Henri DesgrangeFRAParis 11.5.1893
38.220Jules DuboisFRA Paris 31.10.1894
39.240Marcel Van den Eynde BELParis 30.7.1897
40.781Willie HamiltonUSA Denver 9.7.1898
41.110Lucien Petit-Breton FRAParis 24.08.1905
41.520 Marcel Berthet FRAParis 20.06.1907
42.122 Oscar Egg ZWIParis 26.08.191234x7=7,22m(2) 850097,2
42.306 0Richard Weise WDLBerlin 27.7.1913
42.741 Marcel Berthet FRAParis 07.08.1913
43.525 Oscar Egg ZWIParis 21.08.1913
43.775 Marcel Berthet FRAParis 21.09.1913
44.247 Oscar Egg ZWIParis 18.06.191424x7=7,22m 102,1
44.588Jan Van HoutNED Roermond 25.08.1933
44.777Maurice RichardFRA St. Truiden 29.08.193324x7=7,32m8500 101,9
45.090Giuseppe OlmoITA Milano 31.10.193524x7=7,32m8000 102,7
45.398Maurice RichardFRA Milano 14.10.193624x7=7,32m8000 172103,4
45.558Frans SlaatsNED Milano 29.09.193724x7=7,32m8000 103,7
45.840Maurice ArchambaudFRA Milano 04.11.193724x7=7,32m 171 104,4
45.871Fausto CoppiITA Milano 07.11.194252x15=7,40m9500 171103,3
46.159Jacques AnquetilFRA Milano 29.06.195652x15=7,40m7300 104,0
46.393Ercole BaldiniITA Milano 19.09.19566450
46.924Roger RiviereFRA Milano 18.09.195752x15=7,40m6450 171105,7
47.346Roger RiviereFRA Milano 23.09.195853x15=7,54m6850 175104,7
47.493 1Jaques Anquetil FRAMilano 27.09.196752x13=8,54m6690 17592,7
48.093Ferdinand BrackeBEL Rome 30.10.196753x15=7,54m5960 175106,3
48.653Ole RitterDEN Mexico City 10.10.196854x15=7,69m7000 175105,4
49.431 Eddy MerckxBEL Mexico City 25.10.197252x14=7,93m5750 175103,9
50.808 Francesco MoserITA Mexico City 19.01.198456x15=8,12m7850 175104,3
51.151 Francesco MoserITA Mexico City 23.01.198457x15=8,27m7500 175103,1
51.596 Graeme ObreeGBR Hamar 17.07.199352x12=9,25m 17593,0
52.270 Chris BoardmanGBR Bordeaux 23.07.199353x13=8,56m7100 175101,8
52.713 Graeme ObreeGBR Bordeaux 27.04.1994 175
53.040 Miguel IndurainESP Bordeaux 02.09.199459x14=8,76m6500 190100,9
53.832 Tony Rominger ZWIBordeaux 22.10.199459x14=8,85m8300 172,5101,4
55.291 Tony Rominger ZWIBordeaux 05.11.199460x14=9.02m8300 172,5102,2
56.375 Chris BoardmanGBR Birmingham 06.09.199656x13=8,95m 170 ?105,0

0 Unofficial after remeasurement of the track 1 Unofficial record, because Anquetil did not show up at the drug test
2 Must be a typo on the original page

This table could be found in the german "Bruegelmann-Radsport" Catalog some years ago. Look here for the original page.


Hour records since 1984 with split times

DISTMoser 23.01.84Obree 17.07.93 Boardman 23.07.93Obree 27.04.94 Indurain 02.09.94 Rominger 29.10.94 Rominger 05.11.94 Boardman 06.09.96
1 km 01'14.5'' 01'12.6'' 01'10.6''01'10.8''
5 km 05'47.2''05'47.1'' 05'48.5'' 5'39.0''05'43.9" 05'39.1" 05'30.3" 05'27.0"
10 km 11'40.7'' 11'32.9'' 11'30.8'' 11'18.1'' 11'20.0" 11'10.4" 10'53.5" 10'47.1''
15 km 17'30.5''17'22.1'' 17'13.4'' 16'57.0'' 16'58.9" 16'42.4" 16'17.2" 16'05.5''
20 km 23'21.6'' 23'11.4'' 22'56.5'' 22'39.0'' 22'38.5"22'15.6" 21'42.9" 21'23.9"
25 km 29'14.8'' 29'00.5'' 28'41.5'' 28'21.9''28'18.3"27'49.7" 27'08.7" 26'42.5''
30 km 35'07.8'' 34'50.8'' 34'25.5''34'04.3''33'58.3" 33'26.3"32'25.0" 32'00.5"
35 km 41'00.3'' 40'39.8'' 40'11.1'' 39'46.9''39'33.4"39'02.4" 38'00.5" 37'20.7''
40 km 46'52.0'' 46'30.4'' 45'57.3''45'30.7''45'13.8" 44'36.9"43'26.9" 42'41.3"
45 km 52'45.9'' 52'20.0'' 51'43.4'' 51'14.0''50'55.9"50'12.6" 48'53.6" 48'01.1''
50 km 58'40.1'' 58'09.5'' 57'28.7'' 56'54.5''56'34.2"55'48.2" 54'18.7" 53'21.7"
55 km 59'41.7"
1 hour 51.151 km51.596 km 52.270 km52,713 km53.040 km 53.832 km55.291 km56.375


Hour records since 1984 in detail

With the information of the 5 km split-times one can easily calculate the speed of the rider during the last 5 km and the average speed at that moment.
I created some plots showing these two values.


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